US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accused Iran’s supreme leader of calling for the genocide of Jews over a graphic endorsing Israel’s destruction that invoked the term “final solution.”
The poster shared on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website showed people celebrating at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem after apparently capturing it from Israel as a Palestinian flag is raised over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Palestine Will Be Free. The final solution: Resistance until Freedom,” the text on the poster says.
The term “final solution” usually refers to the Nazi policy of extermination carried out against Jews during the Holocaust.
“The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei’s disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks. They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. “We know Khamenei’s vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people’s tradition of tolerance.”
Highlighting a pair of tweets from Khamenei’s English-language account accusing Israelis of behaving like a “cancerous tumor” and calling for arming Palestinians in the West Bank, Pompeo said Iran’s leader was backing genocide of Jews.
“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,” Pompeo said.
He added: “I ask all nations: Is this someone who can be trusted with deadly weapons?”
Pompeo appeared to be referring to the expiration in October of the UN arms embargo on Iran, which the US is pushing to extend.
Netanyahu also accused Khamenei of endorsing the “Final Solution” and issued a stark warning to Iran.
“Khamenei’s threats to carry out ‘The Final Solution’ against Israel bring to mind the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ plan to annihilate the Jewish People,” a statement on the Twitter account of the Prime Minister’s Office said.
“He should know that any regime that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel faces a similar danger.”
Khamenei has called for Israel’s destruction on numerous occasions and frequently refers to Israel as a “cancerous tumor.”
The poster on his website, which appeared to have later been deleted, included people waving flags of Iran-backed militia groups, among them the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah.