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More Genocide Threats from Iran

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More Genocide Threats from Iran
While President Obama was in Jerusalem in March reaffirming his promise to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Tehran’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a very different kind of promise. He told an Iranian TV interviewer that if the West attacked Iran, the Islamic Republic would attack Israel. Khamenei noted specifically that Iran would “level down Tel Aviv and Haifa.”

The explicit nature of the boast is a reminder that the debate over what to do about Iran’s nuclear project isn’t a theoretical. It also makes any further talk about containment of Iran—something many in the foreign-policy establishment advocate—a formula for genocide, not stability.

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Jonathan Tobin is senior online editor of COMMENTARY.