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Once again Iranian leadership has made an announcement declaring the government's enmity towards the country of Israel.

The Iranian regime's "We Hate Israel" merry-go-round of announcements brass ring was pulled this time by their military's chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi who stated before a defense related audience that

“The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,”
However, this time instead of just stating a wished for desire, the chief of staff, the person whom could be called upon to enact its evil wishes, states it is indeed a 'cause', a cause which the government states it 'will remain committed.  So by remaining committed to the goal of annihilation of Israel it is clear the policy is in effect and has been in effect in the past.  

One which they stand for as it is their 'full religious duty'.  

The top military official reminded that the Iranian Supreme Leader considers defending Palestine as a full religious duty and believes that any kind of governance and rule by anyone other than the Palestinians as an instance of usurpation.
As mentioned, this is not the first utterance of Iranian government desire to eliminate Israel as they have gone so far as to erecting billboards in English declaring the depraved point of view,
Karim Sadjadpour, an Iranian specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, notes that Iranian government entities began to erect billboards and signs with the “wipe off” phrase in English. Joshua Teitelbaum of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs compiled an interesting collection of photographs  of these banners, such as one on the building that houses reserve military forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. “Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world,” the sign reads in English. (emphasis mine)
These words and actions do nothing to promulgate peace and much towards laying the path to potential violence.

And as for the US policy? While Obama has called for patience, according to the Daily Beast, at least one top military commander already envisions Iran as the most significant threat to the middle east.  Gen. James Mattis, CentCom commander who is known

by admirers as the “warrior monk” and by detractors as “Mad Dog Mattis,” said his three top concerns in the Middle East were “Iran, Iran, and Iran.”
The latest Iranian government announcement will do nothing to offset such a view.

Originally posted to JNEREBEL on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Team Shalom.

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