July 16 was Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s birthday. He celebrated it by calling for Israel’s destruction on Twitter.
Khamenei began the four-tweet thread by stating that the “satanic and vicious” deal that the Trump administration has planned for the Israel-Palestinian conflict “will never happen.”
“The turbulent dream that Al-Quds would be given to the Zionists will never come true,” Khamenei wrote. “The Palestinian nation will stand against it and Muslim nations will back the Palestinian nation, never letting that happen.”
The supreme leader added, “By God’s grace, the Palestinian nation will certainly gain victory over the enemies and will witness the day when the fabricated Zionist regime will be eradicated.”
Such rhetoric is not new for Khamenei; on June 3 he tweeted, “#Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor” that must be “removed and eradicated.”
Khamenei’s tweets come as the Iranian regime is struggling with ongoing protests opposing the regime. The Trump administration re-imposed sanctions on the regime following the United States’ exit from the Iran nuclear deal. The Iranian regime has signaled that they will increase their uranium enrichment if talks falter with the Europeans to save the deal.