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Twitter says Khamenei’s antisemitic ‘International Zionist clown’ tweet doesn’t violate platform rules

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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday alleged in a tweet that his country is not interested in producing a nuclear weapon, but said that if it were, no one could stop it, including Israel. In the post, he used the antisemitic phrase “international Zionist clown,” which, according to The Times of Israel, was an apparent reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“That international Zionist clown has said they won’t allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons. First of all, if we had any such intention, even those more powerful than him wouldn’t be able to stop us,” Khamenei tweeted Monday.

Many conservatives, after former President Donald Trump was banned last month from Twitter and other social media platforms regarding his posts alleging election fraud and those viewed as playing a role in stirring up the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, have argued that it was unfair that Trump was banned while Khamenei and the Chinese Communist Party have tweeted far worse things and faced no repercussions.

A Twitter spokesperson told this reporter that Khamenei’s tweet is “not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

Specifically, the spokesperson pointed to Twitter’s world leader policy, in which it is stated that the company assesses “reported Tweets from world leaders against the Twitter Rules, which are designed to ensure people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.” The policy also says that “[p]resently, direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on economic or military issues are generally not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

It is not clear whether Twitter will take action against Khamenei for the tweet, though the company has not done so in the past—even when he has used the platform throughout the years to call for the “elimination” of Israel, among other statements.

Prior to Twitter permanently banning Trump, he was shielded by the platform’s world leader policy, which exempts currently serving global leaders from penalties for posting certain policy-violating content. The former U.S. president, the company argued, needed to be held accountable for violating its policies, despite still being a world leader at the time.

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Former Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Ellie Cohanim, a Jewish Iranian whose family fled Iran due to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, told this reporter that the “Iranian regime engages in what I have termed an ‘obsessive anti-Semitism,'” adding that “Ayatollah Khamenei’s tweet is just more evidence of the hatred and vitriol which the Supreme Leader himself directs at the Jewish state of Israel.”

“Despite his protestations, Khamenei is clearly frustrated with the knowledge that Israel has consistently blocked repeated Iranian attempts at achieving nuclear capability, and undoubtedly the Israelis will continue to thwart the greatest state sponsor of anti-Semitism from developing a nuclear arsenal,” Cohanim added.

Below Khamenei’s aforementioned tweet, the Iranian leader doubled down on his claim that Iran isn’t seeking nuclear weapons, saying, “This is based on Islamic fundamentals and commands that prohibit weapons that are used for killing ordinary people.”

He, however, went after the United States for dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945, the only nuclear weapons ever used in warfare.

“The one that massacres 220,000 people with nuclear weapons is the US.”

In a separate post on Monday, Khamenei reasserted his claim that his country has no interest in such weapons but said that Iran’s “nuclear enrichment will not be limited to 20% either.” Moreover, he added that it “will enrich uranium to any extent that is necessary for the country” and that its “enrichment level may reach 60% to meet the country’s needs.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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