Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a November 29, 2023 address aired on Channel 1 (Iran) that Iran is "falsely" accused of wanting to throw the Jews or the Zionists into the sea. He explained that Iran has never said that, rather this is an Arab statement from the "distant past." Khamenei said that it will be up to the elected government in Palestine to decide whether Jews will be allowed to remain in Palestine, like some African countries allowed Englishmen to remain post colonialism.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "Some people in the world talk about Iran's positions regarding the region, and falsely claim that Iran says that the Jews or the Zionists should be thrown into the sea. No, this is something that used to be said in the distant past by some of the Arabs. We have never said this. We do not throw people into the sea.
"We say that the determining factor is public opinion. The government that will be established by the votes of the Palestinians will decide about the people who are there and who came from various countries. Perhaps it will say that they can all stay in Palestine – like it was in some African countries that I visited when I was president. The people there fought and won.
"The English ruled there, but the indigenous people managed to overcome them, but [allowed] those Englishmen to stay in their countries. They thought it was in their best interest and kept them. Maybe the [Palestinians] will keep [the Jews] and maybe they will not. Perhaps some or all [the Jews] will leave. The [Palestinians] will be the ones to decide. We have never expressed an opinion about this."