JERUSALEM, Israel -- On the sidelines of his visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian Jewish community leaders in Moscow Thursday, the day after trying to persuade Putin to keep up economic pressure on Iran until it agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons aspirations.
But Netanyahu's efforts to convince the international community appear to have fallen short of their goal.
"The Iranians deny our past and repeat their commitment to wipe the State of Israel off the map," Netanyahu said on Thursday. "This reminds us of the dark regimes of the past that plotted against us first and then against all of humanity…The real Iran is what the leader of Iran, Khamenei, said yesterday. He called Jews 'rabid dogs' and said they were not human."
Iran's supreme leader's latest rants didn't end with degrading Israeli leaders. He has nothing good to say about the "Zionist regime."
In the past, Khamenei called Israel a "cancer" that must be excised. This time he compared the Jewish state with a "rabid dog" that must be destroyed.
"The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation," Khamenei said in a statement reflecting his Islamic ideology.
On Wednesday, the P5+1 countries (United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China), led by European Union chief Baroness Catherine Ashton, began the third round of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear programs -- the same day, Khamenei referred to Israeli leaders as more animal-like than human.
Some are asking how Western leaders negotiate with a regime that speaks openly of annihilating another nation.
It's no secret that Khamenei calls the shots in Iran. When he felt it necessary, he reined in former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and current President Hassan Rouhani answers to him.
Despite the anti-Israel rhetoric by Khamenei the same day the meetings were taking place in Geneva, the Western powers, with the exception of France, seem ready to take the Iranians at their word and "give peace a chance."
The battle lines appear to be coming down to radical Islam versus the rest of the world.
While average Muslims may want to enjoy raising their families like anyone else, the goal of fundamentalist Islam is to dominate other religions and cultures.
Khamenei and his followers believe Iran is destined to play a key role in creating the chaos that precedes the coming of the Third Imam, Islam's messiah. Nuclear war could do just that. It is something the world's most powerful nations are apparently determined to overlook as they push ahead with their plans for an agreement.