Iran president-elect Rouhani calls Israel ‘wound for years on the body of the Muslim world’

( Just days before being sworn in as Iran’s next president Hassan Rouhani reportedly called Israel a “old wound” that must be removed at a pro-Palestinian rally.

Iran president-elect Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency during a speech at an Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally, an annual Iranian celebration in show of support for the Palestinians.

Iranian Press TV, however, later aired what it called a corrected version of Rouhani’s statement. “After all, in our region there has been a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world under the shadow of the occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the beloved al-Quds,” Press TV quoted Rouhani as saying.

Rouhani’s remark echoed similar threats made by previous Iranian leaders. Netanyahu said the remark, in its initially reported form, should serve as a “wake up” to the world about any illusions they hold on Rouhani, whom some have called a “moderate.”

“The real face of Rouhani has been exposed earlier than expected,” Netanyahu said. “This is what the man thinks and this is the Iranian regime’s operational plan... A country that threatens to destroy Israel must not be allowed weapons of mass destruction.”

Posted on August 2, 2013 .