Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a little “Hitlerite mustache” hiding under his beard, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday, responding to Khamenei’s speech Sunday where he questioned whether the Holocaust took place.
“Iran’s omnipotent leader and its supreme spiritual authority, Ali Khamenei, denied the existence of the Holocaust over the weekend,” Liberman wrote on his Facebook page. “Even after [president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad left [the scene], and after [Iran’s current] charm offensive, a small Hitlerite mustache continues to lurk underneath the Ayatollah’s beard. This is another reminder for those who think there is a new Iran.”
Khameini used a Friday morning speech marking Norwuz, the Persian New Year, to call into question the Holocaust.
“The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain, and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened,” Khamenei’s Twitter account quoted him as saying in the speech.
“Does anybody dare talk about [the] Holocaust in Europe?” he asked. That tweet was preceded by one in which Khamenei said that “absolute freedom doesn’t exist anywhere in the word. Even countries that claim to have freedom, set redlines on which they are utterly strict.”
His words also elicited a sharp response from the Prime Minister’s Office, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev saying that “Khamenei denies the Holocaust even as he seeks the means to threaten the Jewish state with nuclear genocide.”