On Sunday Hassan Rohani will be sworn in as Iran’s new president. On Friday he was quoted as saying Israel was a wound on the Muslim world that needs to be removed. Iran’s state run TV said he was misquoted and has broadcast these words.
“After all, in our region, there’s 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 Jerusalem.”
The president elect was taking part in the annual Al Quds day in support of Palestine. Thousands marched in Tehran with placards while some were chanting down with America.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before Iran’s repudiation, said Rohani’s remarks showed the reputedly moderate Iranian cleric was as hostile to Israel as outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “Even if they hurry to deny his words this is what the man thinks and is the Iranian regime’s plan of action,” he said in a statement.
In Ahmadinejad’s last speech as president the country’s state news agency quoted him as saying, “a ferocious storm is coming and it will uproot the Zionist entity.”