Daily Israel Report

Iran: Israel is a 'Cancerous Tumor', Must be Removed

35th anniversary of Islamic Revolution sees typically belligerent rhetoric - and double-talk.
By Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 2/12/2014, 8:37 PM

Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani
Reuters

In the speech Wednesday commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again turned on the "charm offensive" against the US, insisting that Iran does not want to attack any country.

In the same breath, however, Rouhani warned that Iran would issue a harsh response against any attackers - including the West, Israel, and any other state that challenges Iranian "supremacy." 

Rouhani issued a sharp response to the US's remarks earlier this month that all nuclear options are on the table during the address, calling negotiations with world powers "a test" for Europe and the US to respect Iranian rights - or go back to "mistakenly threatening the stability of the world." 

The Iranian government also released statements slamming the US, "World Zionism" and Saudi Arabia, who were accused of diabolical schemes "to create a schism in the Islamic world and promote terrorism, primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain and Iraq. The government called "to remove the cancerous tumor - Israel."

The Islamic Republic later emphasized that the Iranian army's response to attacks against the Islamic Republic would be fast, harsh, and devastating. 

Tensions between the West and Iran continue to escalate, especially with the US. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei verbally attacked the US last week, calling it "controlling and meddlesome" and taunting that it is unable to topple the Islamic Republic. 

Hours earlier, the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard issued threats, warning the US that its drones and missiles could reach American vessels in the Persian Gulf.

Then, this week, Iran publicly announced that it had successfully tested two new missiles, both designed to take out long-range targets. The announcement prompted Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman to warn the world on Tuesday that Iran's intentions have become more and more bold against Israel and the West, and not to rely on a false sense of security garnered by ongoing talks. 

"The new missile tests conducted by Iran yesterday are further proof its intentions have not changed and the Iranians are not even hiding their being a warmongering state," Liberman declared. 

"The only change in Iran is that now they threaten world peace behind a mask of smiles."