On the day Iran’s new president takes office, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he believes there is no difference between the old and new regimes.
Netanyahu said: “Iran’s president said the day before yesterday that Israel is a wound on Islam’s body. The president in Iran has changed but the intention of the regime there has not. It has remained the same. Iran’s intention is to develop nuclear capability and nuclear arms and its aim is to destroy the state of Israel. This represents a danger not only to us and to the Middle East, but to the entire world and we are all committed to prevent this.”
However, after the new Iranian president, Hassan Rohani, made his speech on Friday it emerged that he had been mis-translated. In his speech, Rohani had talked about an unspecified “wound on Islam” but not mentioned Israel.
The speech was made on Iran’s national Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, with rallies in support of the Palestinian cause.
Rohani was voted in in June and is a moderate cleric. It is hoped by those inside and outside Iran that he will be able to improve relations with the international community.