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January 9, 2017 6:56 am

Former President Rafsanjani, ‘Founding Father’ of Current Iranian Regime, Dies at Age 82

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that regional states have more to fear from Israel than Iran's nuclear program. PHOTO: Fars News.

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that regional states have more to fear from Israel than Iran’s nuclear program. Photo: Fars News.

JNS.org — A former Iranian president and “founding father” of the current regime died suddenly at age 82 Sunday.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989-1997, was viewed as a moderate by the West but was fiercely anti-Israel, calling it a “forged” and “temporary” country that could be wiped out by a single nuclear weapon.

In 2001, Rafsanjani, a close personal friend of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, said, “If one day, a very important day, of course, the Islamic World will also be equipped with the [nuclear] weapons available to Israel now, the imperialist strategy will reach an impasse, because the employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth…It is not unreasonable to consider this possibility.”

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