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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran, Israel on 'collision course'
Iran's supreme leader brushes aside recent peaceful overtures by top Iranian officials to Israeli citizens with statements that could inflame tensions about a potential conflict.
TEHRAN -- Iran's highest authority lashed out against Israel today with some of his harshest comments about the Jewish state in recent memory.
Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the black-turbaned ayatollah who is Iran's top political and military figure, said that Iran's hostility to Israel extended to the Israeli people, as well as the government, brushing aside recent peaceful overtures by top Iranian officials to ordinary people in the Jewish state.
Khamenei said Iran and Israel were on a "collision course," a statement that could increase tensions in a Middle East already fearful of a conflict breaking out between the countries.