IRAN LEADER: “Stand firm and resist until Israel is destroyed.””

Iran’s Khamenei: Israel will eventually disappear

“With god’s help, this year as well the Iranian nation will punch the faces of the enemies of Islam on al-Quds Day,” Khamenei was quoted as saying during a meeting with veterans of the Iran-Iraq War.

Ahead of ‘al-Quds Day,’ supreme leader tells Iran-Iraq war veterans ‘Islamic land will certainly be returned to Palestinian nation’

Dudi Cohen

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed hope on Wednesday that a Palestinian state will be established and that Israel will eventually “disappear from the landscape.”

Speaking ahead of “al-Quds Day,” which will be marked in Iran on Friday, Khamenei said “…the light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape.”

The supreme leader accused the “Zionists and their supporters” of trying to cause the world to forget the Palestinian issue.

“With god’s help, this year as well the Iranian nation will punch the faces of the enemies of Islam on al-Quds Day,” Khamenei was quoted as saying during a meeting with veterans of the Iran-Iraq War.

On al-Quds Day, millions of Shiites around the world rally in support of the Palestinians. “The Palestinian issue is not a tactical issue for us, but an (important) Islamic principle,” the supreme leader added. “We want to save this Islamic state from the oppressive Zionist fingernails.”

Earlier on Wednesday, an Iranian defense official said Israel must be destroyed.

Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads an Iranian military unit in charge of fighting sabotage, said that al-Quds Day “is an expression of the fact that there is no other way but to stand firm and resist until Israel is destroyed.”

BREAKING NEWS:

Explosions in Eilat; Grad attack suspected

Police say two massive blasts heard in southern-most city, IDF forces scouring area to check whether blasts were result of rocket attack

An Eilat Sub-District Police spokesman said two massive explosions were heard in Israel‘s southern-most city Wednesday evening, apparently as a result of a Grad rocket attack. The IDF confirmed that following reports of blasts, forces have begun scouring the area to check whether the explosions were a result of a Grad rocket attack.

There were no reports of injury or damage.

The army and police have yet to confirm that Grad rockets landed in Eilat.

Dozens of Ynet readers sent Red Emails in which they reported hearing loud explosions. Eilat police said it was also contacted by numerous residents.

“We heard to loud explosions. It was really scary,” said Rotem, an Eilat resident. “Last time this happened the entire house shook.”

Yoav, who is also from Eilat, said “I woke up from a deep sleep to the terrible sound of an explosion.” Oren said he heard the sound of two rockets falling: “People on the street just froze in their tracks. It was frightening. Maybe it’s time that sirens are installed in Eilat as well.”

The blasts disrupted an Eyal Golan concert at the Coral Beach Club Hotel. “About 10 minutes after he began singing a police officer announced that the show had to be stopped,” an audience member told Ynet.

About a year ago terrorists armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives launched four attacks in quick succession in southern Israel near the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing seven people and wounding 31 more, officials said.

The assailants targeted a passenger bus, a military patrol and a private car

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