We all live in an era where social media serves as a boon and can sometimes deliver a particular message to a larger audience quickly. Iran and Israel’s war of words reached new heights, or we can term it as lows, on Monday in a curt Twitter exchange that has taken the internet by storm.
The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted that Israel “has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen”.
Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91#GreatReturnMarch— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 3, 2018
Almost a day later, in a manner deemed somewhat out of character for a diplomatic mission, the Israeli Embassy in Washington delivered a stinging response.
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