עלי חמינאי מנהיג איראן טהרן
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Photo: EPA
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran: will support any nation or group that fights Israel

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei launches threat in a post on his official English-language Twitter account, says Iran's enmity toward Israel not the same as hostility toward Jewish people

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Published: 05.20.20 , 23:54
Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, ahead of this week's annual observance of Quds (Jerusalem) Day to express support for Palestinians.
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  • "We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this," Khamenei said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account.
    עלי חמינאי מנהיג איראן טהרןעלי חמינאי מנהיג איראן טהרן
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    (Photo: EPA)
    Iran, Israel's arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter, along with Russia, of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria's civil war, sending military advisers as well as material and regional Shi'ite militias.
    According to foreign media, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in neighboring Syria targeting suspected arms and troop movements by Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas that Tehran sponsors.
    Separately, Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran's enmity toward Israel was not the same as hostility toward Jewish people.
    אייתוללה עלי חמינאי מדבר ל סטודנטים ו תלמידים בטהרן איראן נגד ארה"באייתוללה עלי חמינאי מדבר ל סטודנטים ו תלמידים בטהרן איראן נגד ארה"ב
    Khamenei speaks in front of students in Tehran, Iran
    (Photo: AFP)
    "The elimination of the government of Israel does not mean the elimination of Jews. We don't have an issue with Jewish people," Khamenei said in a post on his official Farsi-language Twitter account.
    "'Elimination of Israel' means the Muslim, Christian and Jewish people of #Palestine choose their own government themselves and push out foreigners and thugs like [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," the post added.
    Khamenei is scheduled to speak on Friday to commemorate Quds Day.
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