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Iran wants to remove Israel as a state, not the people (Supreme Leader)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Friday that calls to remove Israel, which have provoked anger in the West, were aimed at the “imposed entity” rather than the Jewish people.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed that the future of the land must be decided by Palestinians of all faiths, Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Khamenei said before the leaders of Islamic countries in Tehran that “the removal of the Zionist entity … … does not mean the extermination of the Jewish people, we do not have a problem with them,” according to his official website.

That would mean “removing that state and the imposed entity, and that the Palestinian people – Muslims, Christians and Jews – determine for themselves their government and remove riddles like Netanyahu.” According to IRNA on its website in Arabic.

Iran does not recognize Israel and refers to it as the “Zionist entity” and has been advocating the Palestinian cause since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran publicly supports Israel’s enemies such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad in the occupied Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“We are not enemies of the Jews. Jews live in our country with the utmost security and stability. We support the people and independence of Palestine,” Khamenei said.

He added that the “enemies of Islam”, including Israel and the United States, are seeking to divide the Islamic countries, calling for unity to face the “common enemy.”

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have worsened since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew last month from a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran as part of “maximum pressure.”

Both countries came to the brink of military confrontation after drones were shot down and Saudi oil tankers and oil facilities were subjected to mysterious attacks.


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