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August 2, 2013 7:45 am

Iran’s New President: Israel ‘Old Wound’ that Should be Removed

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Newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

JNS.org Just days before being sworn in as Iran’s next president Hassan Rouhani 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, the Associated Press reported.

Rouhani’s remarks echo similar threats made by previous Iranian leaders. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this should serve as a “wake up” to the world about any illusions they hold on Rouhani, who has been called a moderate by some.

“The real face of Rouhani has been exposed earlier than expected,” Netanyahu said, according to the Associated Press. “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.”

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