Israel, Iran leaders trade Twitter blows, Middle East News & Top Stories

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei traded blows on Twitter

"He should know that any regime that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel faces a similar danger", the statement read.

Khamenei spoke to the nation in a 30-minute speech aired on state television, a rare address by the supreme leader as other officials in the past gave the keynote speech. We aren't against Jews. "It means abolishing the imposed regime & Muslim, Christian & Jewish Palestinians choose their own govt & expel thugs like [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu", Khamenei tweeted Wednesday.

On Monday, the European Union's top diplomat warned Jerusalem against annexation, saying the bloc would not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines not agreed upon in a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. New talks could also offer a way to prevent escalation on the ground as Israel considers annexing parts of the West Bank.

Russia's deputy foreign minister for the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, spoke on Tuesday with White House special envoy Avi Berkowitz and officials from the U.S. National Security Council. "Al-Quds" is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

"Palestine Will Be Free".

Khamenei has called for Israel's destruction on numerous occasions and frequently refers to Israel as a "cancerous tumor".

The Ministry reaffirmed Russia's strong adherence to a two-state solution and called on all sides to refrain from actions that could provoke a new risky escalation in the region and hinder the creation of conditions for the resumption of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

Khamenei is scheduled to speak on Friday to commemorate Quds Day.

Today, Iran and Israel remain enemies and Israel is believed to be behind airstrikes targeting Iranian forces in Syria.

International Quds Day is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan, based on an initiative by the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel.

Over the weekend, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iranians living in areas considered to be at low risk of a further coronavirus outbreak will be allowed to attend Friday prayers including Quds Day commemorations.

As of Thursday, Iran's health ministry has reported 129,341 COVID-19 cases and a death toll of 7,249, one of the highest in the world.



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