Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens Iran destruction of Tel Aviv and Haifa

(JNS.orgIranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday in a televised speech marking the Iranian New Year that if Israel attacked its nuclear facilities, Iran would “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Caption: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: www.sajed.ir via Wikimedia Commons.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said the threat of an Israeli attack is “not big enough to stand out among the Iranian nation’s enemies,” according to Reuters.

Khamenei’s remarks came as U.S. President Barack Obama visited Israel, where Obama said Thursday that America “will do what we must to prevent a nuclear Iran.” Obama in Israel added, however, that the U.S. remains focused on diplomacy and sanctions as the preferred solutions to the Iranian threat before a military option is necessary.

Talks between Iranian officials and officials from the six global powers—the U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany—will continue in April in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Posted on March 22, 2013 .