Bin Salman said Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei is akin to Adolf Hitler, Germany’s dictator during the Second World War, who sought to wipe out the Jewish people while creating an ethnically pure Aryan empire.
“But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work,” bin Salman told the Times. “We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.”
Bin Salman didn’t specify which policies of Nazi Germany he fears Iran is set to repeat: committing genocide, creating death camps or sparking another world war. Saudi Arabia has recently ramped up tensions with rival Iran, claiming it is the “number one state sponsor of terrorism,” in alignment with President Donald Trump’s administration, which has also accused Iran of the same. Both countries cite Iran’s support for Hamas in Palestine and its backing of Houthi rebels in Yemen as evidence of its support of terrorism.