U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Wednesday Iran’s “disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks” on social media after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei lambasted U.S. ally Israel and issued a call to arms for Palestinians in the region.
“The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei’s disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks,” Pompeo said. “They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform. We know Khamenei’s vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people’s tradition of tolerance.”
He continued, “The leader of the world’s top sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism denies the Holocaust, sends money and weapons to anti-Israel terrorists, and now has invoked the Nazi call for the Final Solution.”
Finally, Pompeo asked other nations: “Is this someone who can be trusted with deadly weapons?”
In his earlier statement, Khamenei accused Israel of “terrorism”, calling it a “cancerous tumor”, responsible for “massacring children, women, and men.”
It comes as Israel moves towards annexing portions of the West Bank, which is part of the Trump administration’s Middle East Peace plan.
“The West Bank must be armed, just as Gaza. The only thing that can reduce Palestinians’ hardships is the hand of power,” he wrote. “Otherwise, compromise won’t reduce a bit of the cruel of this usurping, evil, wolf-like entity.”
The leader of the world’s top sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism denies the Holocaust, sends money and weapons to anti-Israel terrorists, and now has invoked the Nazi call for the Final Solution. I ask all nations: Is this someone who can be trusted with deadly weapons?
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 20, 2020
Despite the global pandemic, Iran has continued its campaign of terrorism in the region.
Last week, Iran’s government pushed forward a decision to establish a ‘Palestine’ Embassy in Jerusalem. The move completely contrasted with the Trump administration’s U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, which occurred almost exactly two years ago. Their campaign of escalation targeting American warships in the Persian Gulf also continues.
Moreover, Iran reportedly conducted a cyberattack on Israel’s civilian water infrastructure last month and allegedly used American servers to conduct the attack, Fox News’ Trey Yingst reported. In response, Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s Shahid Rajaee Port earlier this month, the Washington Post reported.