On Tuesday, the Supreme Leader, in a speech to 50,000 members of the Basij militia, said Israel was the rabid dog of the region — and his office followed it up on Thursday with a poster via Twitter.

So do we have an international crisis here, a complete break-down of negotiations — possibly leading to a deal — with the Islamic Republic?

No. Not yet.

“If the talks with Iran break down in Geneva, then the rhetoric comes back to center stage.”