On Saturday, The Washington Post reprinted an AP story about Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani calling Israel a “cancerous tumor” that Western countries had created as a proxy for their interests. In the article, the author, Nasser Karimi, stated a flagrant lie in order to portray the government of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, as a peaceful entity while Israel was the saber-rattling menace. Karimi wrote: “Iran has never threatened to attack Israel, but has vowed to retaliate if it is attacked.”
Read that again: “Iran has never threatened to attack Israel.”
The utter ridiculousness of that claim was laid bare for all to see by Omri Ceren, the national security advisor to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who quoted Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic in 2015 listing no less than 14 times a member of Iran’s government swore his fealty to destroying the state of Israel, starting in 2000.
Here’s the list from Goldberg:
Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran: “If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime … if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill.” (2000)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2001)
Hassan Nasrallah, a leader of Hezbollah: “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” (2002)
Nasrallah: “Israel is our enemy. This is an aggressive, illegal, and illegitimate entity, which has no future in our land. Its destiny is manifested in our motto: ‘Death to Israel.’” (2005)
Yahya Rahim Safavi, the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps: “With God’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence.” (2008)
Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, Khamenei’s representative to the Moustazafan Foundation: “We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary to replace [sic] Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust.” (2010)
Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary force: “We recommend them [the Zionists] to pack their furniture and return to their countries. And if they insist on staying, they should know that a time while arrive when they will not even have time to pack their suitcases.” (2011)
Khamenei: “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed.” (2012)
Ahmad Alamolhoda, a member of the Assembly of Experts: “The destruction of Israel is the idea of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and is one of the pillars of the Iranian Islamic regime. We cannot claim that we have no intention of going to war with Israel.” (2013)
Nasrallah: “The elimination of Israel is not only a Palestinian interest. It is the interest of the entire Muslim world and the entire Arab world.” (2013)
Hojateleslam Alireza Panahian, the advisor to Office of the Supreme Leader in Universities: “The day will come when the Islamic people in the region will destroy Israel and save the world from this Zionist base.” (2013)
Hojatoleslam Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guard: “The Zionist regime will soon be destroyed, and this generation will be witness to its destruction.” (2013)
Khamenei: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” (2014)
Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard: “We will chase you [Israelis] house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine, and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat.” (2014)
Salami: “Today we are aware of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed, soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth.” (2014)
The Post has already shown its true colors vis-à-vis Iran and Israel; numerous times it has published pieces by authors bemoaning President Trump’s walking away from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, which posed an existential threat to Israel. Whether it was faux-conservative Jennifer Rubin, Dennis Ross, or most notably, Hasan Rouhani, the president of Iran, the Post has been desperate to paint Iran as a partner for peace.
Thus for the Post to reprint the massive lie that Iran has never threatened Israel is no surprise at all.