Yoav Gallant
Yoav GallantFlash 90

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant commented this afternoon (Tuesday) to the claim by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that countries pursuing normalization with Israel are "betting on the wrong horse."

“The murderous Iranian regime has already succeeded in tearing up countries it has taken over, and now it’s attempting to damage peace efforts, with its idle threats," Gallant wrote.

"Iran will continue spreading terror and chaos. Israel will continue seeking security for its citizens and peace in the Middle East,” he added.

In a speech to Iranian media earlier today, Khamenei said that "the definitive stance of the Islamic Republic is that the governments which prioritize the gamble of normalization with the Zionist regime will incur losses.”

“As the Europeans say, they are betting on a losing horse,” he added. “Today, the situation of the Zionist regime is not one that should motivate closeness to it; they shouldn’t make this mistake.”

He further claimed that "the Zionist regime is full of hatred and anger, not only towards us, but also towards others including Egypt, Iraq and Syria - because they did not achieve their goal [of an alleged 'greater Israel] from the Nile to the Euphrates.'"

Khamenei predicted that “this cancer [Israel] will certainly, God willing, be eradicated by the hands of the Palestinian people and the resistance forces throughout the region.”