Ayatollah Khamenei: 'Now I'm Really Angry'

This is semi-amusing, insofar as any news out of Tehran is semi-amusing: The Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced that now he's really pissed off at Israel, as opposed to before, when he was just kind of kidding around:

"From now onward, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this," Khamenei said during a rare Friday prayer lecture at Tehran University.

How this is a policy shift is beyond me: He's been paying Hezbollah and Hamas to kill Israelis for years. Perhaps this is just his way of acknowledging that his dear Syrian friend, Bashar al-Assad, is too busy killing his own people to sponsor the killing of Israelis, so he has to look around for someone to take Assad's place in the rejectionist front. Maybe he could open a website to take on-line applications.



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In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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