The geopolitical tension between Iranian and Israeli leaders has been heating up in the last few weeks. This heightened tension appears to be a rhetorical conflict so far, which underlines significant concerns for politicians on both sides.
Most recently, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published a nine step plan which would “annihilate” Israel. In response to the question “what is the most urgent action to take for militarily confrontation in Israel,” the supreme leader stated: “The West bank should be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine’s destiny should take action to arm the people of the West bank, so that the sorrows and grieves of the Palestinian people will reduce in the light of their powerful hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded in a statement: “There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls for Israel's eradication, it promotes international terrorism,” and he added “This terrorist regime in Iran must not be allowed to become a nuclear threshold power. And I call on the P5+1 countries [the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany -the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany] - don't rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb.”
Later, Iran’s supreme leader took to Twitter, tweeting a series of messages to call for the elimination of the “barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel.”
From the Israeli leaders’ perspective, the U.S. appears desperate to strike a final nuclear deal while giving up to the demands of President Hassan RowhaniMajid Rafizadeh