Israel's Peres: World Leaders Should Encourage Iranians to Revolt

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JERUSALEM/TEHRAN — Israeli President Shimon Peres called on world leaders to encourage the Iranian people to rise up against and overthrow the Ayatollan regime, according to The Jerusalem Post.
 
“We would all be happy if the Iranian regime were to fall from the high and dangerous tree that it has climbed up,” Peres told Army Radio, the Post said. “Of course, we must also encourage the Iranian nation to return to itself.”

The president’s comments came as Iranian leaders warned that the downfall of both Israel and the United States was imminent. 

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Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami said Israel was highly vulnerable to an Iranian military attack, according to Iran's state-run Press TV.

“Following the infiltration of Hezbollah’s drone into the [airspace of the] occupied lands, the Zionist regime came to the understanding that such psychological warfare has not yielded any result but instead led to the strengthening of the determination of its enemies and now the Islamic Revolution has the upper hand over the Zionist regime,” Salami said.

Israel's defense strategy is feeble, Salami said according to the Press TV report. He added that “the regime’s defense mechanisms are highly vulnerable to all-out strikes by Iran.”

Salami also warned the West against initiating a strike on its nuclear program, saying such an attack would only speed up the Israel’s annihilation, according to the Press TV report.

Ahmadinejad Predicts U.S. Downfall

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the impending downfall of the “U.S. empire,” blaming the collapse on a combination of the country's massive debt and its loss of legitimacy within the international community, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Thursday.

“How long can a government with a $16,000 trillion foreign debt remain a world power?” he asked at a press conference with Kuwaiti media personnel. “The Americans have injected their paper wealth into the world economy and today the aftermaths and negative effects of their pseudo-wealth have plagued them.”

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He added: “An empire, or a government, remains in power so long as the people under its power support it, but today the Americans have acted in a way that the world nations do not like them at all, and therefore, their international legitimacy is annihilated.”

Ahmadinejad also predicted that the West would soon drop their alliance with the “Zionist regime,” saying that Westerners and U.S. politicians are increasingly “at a loss” as to why Israel exists.

Downplaying the effect of Western sanctions on the Iranian economy, Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic Republic would persevere.

The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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