(JNS.org) 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.
“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.”