Russia knocks Iran over vow to destroy Israel

(Worthy News) – Russia admonished Tehran on Monday for calls by Iranian leaders to destroy Israel, marking rare criticism of Moscow’s ally in the Syrian civil war.

“We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should be destroyed and wiped off the map. I believe this is an absolutely wrong way to advance one’s own interests,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was reported by the TASS state news agency as telling a conference in Moscow.

Senior Iranian leaders, among them Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, have frequently called for the Jewish state’s destruction.

Most recently, Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps general tasked with overseeing Iran’s military activity in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, threatened last week to “wipe out” Israel. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]