Zev Porat

Friday, August 2, 2013

OH SNAP! Iranian President-Elect Rouhani: Israel a 'wound' that must be removed!

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Iranian President-Elect Hassan Rouhani on Friday referred to Israel as a "wound" that has afflicted the Muslim world for years and must be removed, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

"The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed," Rouhani said at a demonstration in Tehran marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, an annual show of support for the Palestinian cause. The speech also came just two days before Rouhani, described by pundits as a "moderate," was set to be sworn in, replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iranian president.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday responded to the Iranian president-elect's remarks, saying "Rouhani's true face has been exposed earlier than expected."

The premier warned that despite the election of the so-called moderate, "the objective of the regime - to acquire nuclear weapons to threaten Israel, the Middle East and peace and security throughout the world - has not changed."

Outgoing Iranian President Ahmadinejad also addressed Al-Quds day crowds on Friday, warning of an impending regional "storm" that would uproot Israel, AFP reported. 

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