Khamenei Blames Protests on West, Refuses Changing Constitution

Photo handout of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving his annual Nowruz New Year message (Khamenei’s official website)
Photo handout of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving his annual Nowruz New Year message (Khamenei’s official website)
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Khamenei Blames Protests on West, Refuses Changing Constitution

Photo handout of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving his annual Nowruz New Year message (Khamenei’s official website)
Photo handout of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving his annual Nowruz New Year message (Khamenei’s official website)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed the US and its European allies for stoking popular protests that rocked Iran for months.

In his Nowruz New Year message to the nation, Khamenei shut down calls for change at home, stressing that the economy is the most important issue facing the country.

He also refused that Tehran be a party to the Ukrainian war. While he welcomed the development of diplomatic relations in Asia, he left the door open to relations with the Europeans, on the condition that they avoid "blind dependence" on US policy.

The Iranian leader pushed his version of the story behind the protests that swept across the country after the death of the young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, last September, and accused the US of fueling protests.

Furthermore, Khamenei emphasized the need for informed public opinion in Iran, adding “if public opinion does not welcome an idea, it will not be implemented in practice.”

“The goal of the enemy is to eliminate the country and establishment’s points of strength and to get issues that remind the people of the Revolution, pure and revolutionary Islam fade into oblivion,” Khamenei noted.

Khamenei, according to state media, underlined that the ultimate goal of the apparently pro-change and transformation statements by the enemy is to turn Islamic democracy into a one-man and submissive government or one that is superficially democratic but is submissive to the West in practice.

“Whoever talks at home about changing the constitution is basically repeating what the enemies say,” said Khamenei, in a thinly veiled hint at the call for a constitutional referendum proposed by reformist leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

“If we are not vigilant, we could harm our strengths in the name of change,” Khamenei warned.



Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
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Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)

An Israeli commission investigating suspected wrongdoing in government purchases of submarines and missile boats from Germany issued a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

The panel notified Netanyahu that based on evidence gathered thus far, it could ultimately determine that he had used his position as prime minister between 2009 and 2016 to greenlight the purchases without due process.

"By doing so, he (Netanyahu) endangered the security of the state and harmed the state of Israel's foreign relations and economic interests," said the panel in its written decision, made public on Monday.

Netanyahu in response said that the submarines were central to Israel's security "in ensuring its existence against Iran, which is trying to destroy us".

"History will prove that Prime Minister Netanyahu was right on this issue as well and made the right decisions for the security of Israel," the statement from his office said.

The commission, established under the previous government in 2022, said that it will soon publish unclassified parts of the evidence collected during the probe into the deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Netanyahu has struggled to salvage his security credentials since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas-led fighters, who killed 1,200 people and took more than 250 hostages to Gaza according to Israeli tallies, the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust.

In the Israeli assault on Gaza that followed, more than 37,000 people have been killed according to Gaza health authorities.