As CBC News reports, two days before his inauguration as Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani said on Friday that Israeli occupation of Palestinian land had inflicted a “wound” on the Muslim world, according to a segment of his remarks broadcast on Iran’s state-run Press TV.
An earlier report by Iran’s student news agency ISNA had quoted Rowhani as saying: “The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed.”
Reaction from Israeli President Netanyahu was swift: “The true face of Rowhani has been revealed sooner than expected. Even if they hurry to deny his words — this is what the man thinks and this is the Iranian regime’s plan of action,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Rowhani’s words “must awaken the world from the illusion in which part of it is placed since the Iranian elections,” he declared, saying Iran still aimed “to acquire nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and world peace.”
Iran’s “moderate” new Iranian president’s disturbing comments recall another leader’s comments this week, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas, also crowned a “moderate” by mainstream media despite racist comments calling this week for the ousting of every Israeli from a future Palestinian state.