Over a week has gone by since Iranian leaders' vague threats to destroy Israel have become more specific, yet neither U.S. President Barack Obama nor any other major world leader has condemned it.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, tweeted last week that, "Allah willing, Israel will cease to exist within the next 25 years." He added that Iran and/or other jihadist elements would not sit idly by during this period: "Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists."
In the many press briefings and statements given and issued by State Department and White House spokesmen since then, no mention was made of the threat. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) announced that it is "appalled" that Obama and world leaders "have failed to condemn" the threat – and said it regards this silence as "a diplomatic Kristallnacht."
"We seem to be replaying Kristallnacht, when the world ignored the Germans physically attacking the Jews of Germany in November 1938," the ZOA announced. "Today, we see a diplomatic Kristallnacht as the world ignores the threats of violence and massacre of millions of Jews in the state of Israel."
Just two days later, in a bizarre follow-up, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani posted a message wishing Jews well for Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, which was celebrated this week.
“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding," Rouhani wrote to the people whose nation his boss had just threatened with annihilation.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, "It is remarkable that President Obama and his Administration have utterly failed to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei's statement foreshadowing Israel's demise in the next quarter of a century. This is a deafening silence. In fact, no government anywhere seems to have condemned Khamenei's statement. After the conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal, the Iranian regime, which has repeatedly threatened to obliterate Israel, looks forward to the day Israel disappears, and no one even regards this as vile enough to merit an official, public response."
"This recalls the ominous period," concluded Klein, "when the Nazis were assaulting Germany's Jews and speaking of the end of the Jews of Europe, as Hitler did in January 1939, and no one condemned it."