"Existence of Israel contrary to Iranian interests"
The mere existence of Israel is contrary to Tehranâs national interests, press reports said Monday, quoting former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, now a top advisor to Iranâs supreme leader.
So heâs one of the shadowy figures behind the throne.
"One of the elements of progress in a country is regional cooperation. Israel was created to prevent unity and cooperation between Islamic countries, that is why the existence of Israel is in contradiction with the national interests of Iran," Velayati was quoted as saying by the conservative Ressalat newspaper.
Gee, and here I thought Israel was the only thing that unified the Islamic world. Silly me.
"Today, there is a close spiritual relationship between Palestinian fighters and the Islamic republic, and this cannot be ignored," he added, saying that the "new step in the Palestinian struggle has been influenced by the Islamic revolution and the Lebanese Hezbollah."
So youâre admitting your responsible for Hezbollah?
Iran refuses to recognise Israel and top officials frequently call for the destruction of the Jewish state. But Tehran denies giving material support to Palestinian militants.
Guess not, huh?
Posted by: Steve 2003-11-10