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Khamenei Blames Israel, U.S. for the Situation in Syria

A day after calling Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves”, Iran's Supreme Leader claims Israel is “behind the tragedy in Syria.”
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/31/2012, 8:54 PM

Khamenei speaks during the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran
Khamenei speaks during the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran
Reuters

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday attacked Israel once again.

A day after he called Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people”, Khamenei slammed Israel and the United States which he claimed “are behind the tragedy in Syria.”

Khamenei made ​​the remarks during a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.

“The main culprits in everything that is happening in Syria are the United States and the Zionist regime,” Khamenei said during the meeting. “It's all these factors which are sending weapons to Syria and support the irresponsible groups in the country.”

He went on to claim that the events taking place in Syria over the last year and a half would take place in every country where weapons were being given to the opposition.

“If we would give money and weapons to opposition groups in every country in Europe, this country would come to exactly the same situation as in Syria,” said Khamenei

He called on the Syrian government to continue with reforms and suppress all opponents. “The government must reveal the plots devised against it by the world opinion and some Arab countries.”

During the meeting, Khamenei added that the Non-Aligned Movement summit is an opportunity to promote a solution to the crisis in Syria.

“The framework of the summit is certainly preferable to factors such as the UN and NATO to reach an agreement,” he said.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman strongly condemned Khamenei for his remarks against Israel.

Speaking during an event attended by Japan’s ambassador to Israel, Lieberman termed the Tehran summit “a march of folly, the likes of which we only saw in the 1930s.”

“It is very unfortunate to hear those things coming out of Tehran today,” Lieberman said. “In the background of the threats and the curses and the calls to destroy the State of Israel, wipe it off the map and hurt all the Jews wherever they are, we see representatives of 120 countries, including the UN Secretary General, who come to Tehran and give legitimacy to this regime.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will address the UN General Assembly next month in New York.

“In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent,” Netanyahu said. “This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran's terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace.”

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