A few hundred diehard Iranian conservatives rallied on Monday against Israel and said US President Donald Trump had hastened its demise with his decision to recognise Jerusalem as its capital.
The rally in downtown Tehran featured the sort of thumping, Turkish-style dance music that is normally banned in Iran but has become increasing popular at hardliner events. It is made acceptable to conservative ears with the addition of lyrics such as “the US is a murderer” and “Palestinian mothers are losing their children” and, of course, the ubiquitous “Death to America.”
“I don’t think there will be a need to send any troops because there are a lot of people in Lebanon, Syria and inside the Palestinian territories. They will be enough to get rid of the Israelis,” a cleric, Seyed Abdullah Hosseini, tells AFP.
“Mr Trump has done a good job of speeding things up. We were expecting Israel to be dismantled later… but this is the beginning of the end of Israel,” says Hosseini.
“We have to thank him for what he did.”