On Twitter, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Admits to Being the Head of the Serpent Whose Tail is Hamas in Gaza
by Joshua Levitt
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza, in a series of hateful tweets against Israel on Sunday and Monday.
The hypocrisy of it all was called out on Monday by AIPAC, the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee, which asked how the U.S. and world powers could remove further economic sanctions and extend talks with Iran, “at the very moment when Hamas is using arms supplied by Tehran to attack Israeli civilians.”
Khamenei’s social media outburst gave further credence to the accusations at a hearing held by U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce last week that “Iran’s nuclear program is just the tip of a revolutionary spear that extends across the world and threatens key U.S. interests,” with Tehran’s foreign policy being “subversive, sectarian, and set on goals that would come at the expense of U.S. interests in the region.”
Rather than “revolutionary spear,” this column seeks to use language the Iranian mullahs in Tehran will understand, with Khamenei’s Twitter rant showing that Iran’s Supreme Leader is the very head of the serpent whose tail is Hamas in Gaza.
Much has been written about Tehran’s role in financing and arming its allies and its role in the region’s shifting alliances. One Op-Ed at the weekend went further to now paint an internal proxy war within the Sunni axis in the Middle East, now split with Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, on one side against Qatar, Turkey and Hamas, along with other global supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, on the other.
But that analysis left out the alliance that has been most directly threatening to Israel; Iran-Syria-Lebanon-Gaza, with the first pair represented by the entrenched regimes and the second by Hezbollah and Hamas, both of which are classified internationally as terrorist groups.
Another question that wasn’t directly explored by pundits was that if Hamas is fighting Israel in some proxy war, would it really just be another way of saying, quite simply, this is Iran versus the U.S.?
And, more specifically, if Hamas takes orders from Tehran and receives its missiles from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was the flare-up in the past two weeks of Gaza’s sworn war against Israel just some sick and twisted smokescreen to divert the world’s attention from Sunday’s July 20th expiration of the six-month negotiation window set by the U.S. to reach an agreement with Tehran to slow Iran’s nuclear program?
In other words, should the blood of hundreds of Gazans, following Hamas orders to stand on the rooftops of their homes, rather than follow IDF instructions to vacate and seek shelter, be on the hands of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, or his benefactor, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran?
On Twitter, via @khamenei_ir, Khamenei showed the world his hatred for Jews, Israel, and the U.S., combining new tweets with some from his archive, which he even dated, with one self-referenced quote going back 20 years.
His Twitter account was also updated with a new background photo, showing Khamenei at a news conference with Meshaal, now living in exile, who was also accused by Israel media at the weekend for having embezzled perhaps billions of dollars from donations for humanitarian support into a property empire in Qatar.
On Sunday, Khamenei said on Twitter: “We back and assist any nations that confront the Zionist regime and we are not at all afraid of declaring it. 2/3/12 #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza”.
He also re-published one infamous tweet that triggered international condemnation: “#Israel, sinister filthy rabid dog in the region, is a threat to the world. 11/2/13 Zionism is The Real Terrorism #Gaza.”
He said Western governments, especially the U.S. have “disgraced themselves by their silence and support” of Israel, a repeat from October 27, 2010.
A fresh one read: “Even if ppl from across the world stage protests against #Israel’s crimes, the only thing western govts will do is speak! #GazaUnderAttack.”
On Monday, he resumed his Twitter rant, focusing on denigrating Israel and denying the Jewish State’s legitimacy, even quoting himself speaking in 1994.
“#Israel nation& Govt that has been established by crime & violation of Palestinians’ rights has no means of survival but #terrorism. 7/20/94”
He said Jews who emigrated to Israel were “greedy ppl & sometimes wicked & killer who are gathered fr across the world.”
He said: “What’s #Israel? A fake regime & a false nation. They gathered some greedy ppl fr across the world on the pretext of a better life in #Palestine.”
He continued: “Usurper #Israel’s govt, over half a century since this cancer tumor was formed in the body of Islam, has always led its course by #terrorism.”
While Khamenei tried to denounce Israel for terrorism, it was Chairman Royce last week who pointed the finger at the Islamic Republic for being the world’s largest terrorist organization.
Royce said,”It is Iran that provides the funding, weapons, and training to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups. Iranian leaders have admitted to providing the missile technology that Hamas used against Israel during the last Gaza conflict in November 2012. And just the other week, a U.N. panel of experts concluded that rockets and weapons concealed on the Klos-C – including long-range M-302 rockets – originated from Iran.”
The Klos-C ship was seized by Israel in March. Hidden under bags of Iranian cement, Israel found 40 M-302 missiles, 181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullets. The weapons were originally flown from Syria to Iran. From Iran, they were shipped by boat to Iraq. The shipment was intercepted as it was being moved by boat from Iraq to Sudan, from where the weapons would have been smuggled into Gaza.
“Indeed, with Iran’s long support of terrorist groups, militias and regimes, the region has been feeling the brunt of this ‘revolutionary spear’ for quite some time,” Royce said.
Or, in the words familiar to the Ayatollah’s mullahs, Iran’s Supreme Leader is the very head of the serpent whose tail is Hamas in Gaza.