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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 l By Sean Savage Iranian Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is known for his anti- Zionist rhetoric, has issued perhaps his most detailed tirade to date in a Twitter post titled "9 key questions about the elimination of Israel." "Why should & how can #Israel be eliminated? Aya- tollah Khamenei's answer to 9 key questions. #HandsOf- fAtAqsa," read the introduc- tion to Khamenei's tweet, posted Saturday, Nov. 8. The hashtag #HandsOf- fAlAqsa referred to the recent tensions between Arabs and Jews at the Temple Mount. Two weeks ago, masked Arab rioters threw rocks and shot fireworks at Israeli security personnel at the holy site in Jerusalem, marking the latest outbreak of violence there. As part of the tweet, Khame- nei proposed a referendum that would serve as a means for the elimination of Israel "So far as I know, Khame- nei's idea of a referendum has not been proposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran until now. It suggests that the Iranian leadership wishes to make common cause with the leftists also wanting to see Israel disappear," Dr. Daniel Pipes, founder and president of the Middle East Forum, told The first answer provid- ed within Khamenei's nine points accuses "the fake Zionist regime" of trying to achieve its goals via "infan- ticide, homicide, violence & iron," with the only solution to these "Israeli crimes" be- ing the "elimination of this regime." The "practical & logical mechanism for this," accord- ing to Khamenei, is through a"public and organized refer- endum"for all the "original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians, and Jews," excluding "the Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine," who "do not have the right to take part " In addition to the referen- dum, the Iranian leader called for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and Gaza to fight against Israel, rejecting any U.N.-moderated negotiation. On Monday, Nov. 10, alone, a 26-year-old Israeli woman was killed in a stabbing attack near the Jewish community of Alon Shvut in Judea and Samaria, and an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death at the entrance of the Hagana train station in southern Tel Aviv. Two vehicular terror attacks also recently took place near light rail stations in Jerusa- lem, causing Israeli civilian deaths and many injuries. Earlier this year, Iran had announced that it was increasing its effort to arm Palesfinians in Judea and Samaria. "Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region," said Iranian paramilitary network chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Times of Israel reported. The timing of Khamenei's tweet also comes as the P5+1 nations the U.S U.K France, Russia, China, and GermanyBare nearing a negotiated solution with Iran ahead of the Nov. 24 diplo- matic deadline. On Monday, Israeli. Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu cautioned world powers not to rush into a bad deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Referencing Khamenei's plan, Netanyahu said in a statement that he sent a letter to the P5+1 countries that highlights Iran's desire to destroy Israel. "[Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is] public- ly calling for the annihilation of Israel as he is negotiating a nuclear deal with the P5+1 countries," Netanyahu said. "There is no moderation in Iran," he added. "It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls for Israel's eradication, it promotes international terrorism, and as the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report just said, it continues to deceive the in- via Wikimedia Commons Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali KhameneL ternational~ommunityaboutthe potential weaponization its nuclearweapons program, of Iran's nuclear program This terrorist regime in has stalled due to the Islamic Iran must not be allowed to Republic's refusal to cooper- become a nuclear threshold atewith the probe. President power. I call on the P5+1 Barack Obama, meanwhile, countries--don't rush into a sent a letter to Khamenei in deal that would let Iran rush mid-October expressing the to the bomb." countries' shared interest in Last week, the IAEA said thefightagainstIslamicState that its investigation into jihadists in Syriaand Iraq. By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left four dead at a Jerusalem syna- gogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Pal- estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the Tuesday morning attack, I / / Digital ~ C)fl~t Pri~ ~ ~-- Bcx2~,~ Direct Mail Services Forms & ~ 407-767-7110 205 North St~'et Longwood, FL 52750 ,;~ [ wvvw, elegantprinting, net ] Menticn This Ad and P, eceive 18% ~ NATHALIE TOLEDANO REALTOR Owned And Operated By NRT LLC (407) 488-2763 CELL (407) 647-1211 EXT 3685 BUSINESS (407) 628-1210 FAX nathalie.toledano@ RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 400 Park Avenue South, Suite 210 grmter Park, FL 32789 USDA i saying he "condemns the killing of civilians no matter who is doing it." But over the past few weeks, as a string of violent attacks have unsettled Jerusalemites, Abbas has is- sued statements some see as encouraging violence against Israelis. In late October, he called for a "day of rage" over the temporary closure of the AI- Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, saying the move amounted to a"declaration of war." Days later he called the shooter of Jewish Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick a "martyr" in a letter to the attacker's family. "This is the direct result of the incitement being led by Hamas andAbu Mazen, incite- ment which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring," Netanyahu said fol- lowing the synagogue attack, using Abbas' nom de guerre. "We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of .Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers." In the attack, the two Pal- estinians entered a synagogue in a haredi Orthodox neigh- borhood of Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with a gun and butcher knives. Four Israeli rabbis were killed in the attack: Mosheh Twersky, 59, head of the Toras Moshe Yeshiva in Je- rusalem and a grandson of Rabbi Joseph Soleveitchik, the founder of modern Or- thodoxy; Kalman Levine, 55; Aryeh Kupinsky, 43; and Avraham Goldberg, 68. Twersky, Levine and Ku- pinsky were dual Israeli and American citizens; Goldberg was an Israeli and a British citizen. Eight others were wounded, including one Is- raeli police officer. The assailants, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, were killed by Israeli police at the scene. Despite Abbas' condemna- tion, Israeli politicians and American Jewish groups admonished him for inciting the violence. "There's hypocrisy at work here," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said in an interview with i24 News. "You cannot incite in the evening and condemn in the morning." 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"Abu Mazen lives in their language." his society. There are codes In the West Bank, a Senior he can't completely break." official from Hamas' political Radai said that recent echelontoldavisitingjournal- statements by Abbas should ist that he found Tuesday's at- be understood as a reflection tack encouraging. The attack of his frustration with Israel appeared to be a spontaneous and his efforts to curry favor response to Israeli actions, with his constituents. the Hamas official said, not a On Tuesday, Yoram Cohen, coordinatedassaultorganized- the head of Israel's Shin Bet by the militarywing ofHamas, internal security service, told "Hamas hasbeen trying for the Knesset's Foreign Affairs a long time, but particularly and Defense Committee that since the summer, to foment "Abu Mazen isn't interested and incite unrest in Jeru- in terror and isn't causing salem and the west Bank," terror," according to Israeli the journalist, Neri Zilber, reports. now a visiting scholar at the "Mr.Abbas is a true partner WashingtonInstituteforNear of Israelwho wants peace," East Policy, said of his meet- said Munib al-Masri, a mem- ing with the Hamas official, berofthePalestine Liberation whom he declined to identify Organization's Legislative by name."It's obviouslya high Council. "We are fed up with Hamasinteresttofomentthis occupation. We don't want type of instability to keep the harassment in our holy sites. Palestinians in the West Bank We want to sit down and talk rising up against both Israeli about this." authorities and Palestinian But Mordechai Kedar, an authorities, which theyseeas analyst at Bar-Ilan Univer- going hand in hand." sity's Begin-Sadat Center for Zilber, who meets regularly Strategic Studies, said Abbas with Hamas political figures only opposes violence when and has written for the Wash- speaking to an international ington Post, the Atlantic and audience and that his inflam- Foreign Policy, saidtheattack matory Arabic pronounce- wasn't unexpected given the mentsshow his true position. current environment in Je- "WithinthePalestinianAu- rusalem, thority, he calls for violence," "You have an escalating Kedar said. "In English, they pattern of lone wolf attacks, speak with one mouth and in and I think itwas onlyamatter Arabic they speak with a dif- of time before a bigger attack ferent mouth. He can't clearly materialized," he said. say 'Go kill Jews,' but he says Some analysts say placing it in an unclear way." the blame on Abbas is a mis- JTA's Uriel Heilman con- take. They point to the Pal- tributed to this report.