Speaking at an international antidrug conference in Tehran on June 26, Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi blamed the spread of drugs on the teachings of the Talmud.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in early July that "the time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime … from the face of the universe."
The winning entry in Iran's "International Wall Street Downfall Festival" held in July was an anti-Semitic cartoon by an Iranian illustrator, which depicted stereotyped Jews worshipping the New York Stock Exchange.
"If they [Israel] take any action, they will hand us an excuse to wipe them off the face of the earth," Revolutionary Guards General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in early July as he announced three days of missile tests.
Each time a new round of sanctions is imposed on Iran, the country's military and political leadership renews threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil passageway.
Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, warned the United States in June not to resort to military action against the country, saying U.S. bases in the region were vulnerable to Tehran's missiles.
"The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel," Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said in May, repeating other Iranian officials' genocidal threats.
In a document published on a conservative Farsi website in February, a strategist of the Iranian Supreme Leader provided the legal and religious justification for the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in February that Iran would help any nation or group that confronts Israel, calling the Jewish state a "cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut."
Incited by the regime, Iranian demonstrators regularly burn American and Israeli flags, while "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" are standard incantations at Friday prayers in Tehran.