Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told a Hezbollah-affiliated outlet that he was confident that the “forged and temporary Israeli entity” would be wiped off the map, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
According to the report, Rafsanjani, often described by Western media as a moderate in Iranian politics, said that Israel was an alien existence forged into the body of a nation which would eventually be destroyed.
“When, and how that will happen, depends on conditions which are rapidly changing. Those conditions can be provided very soon if the usefulness period of Israel will expire,” he said.
Rafsanjani said the destruction of the Jewish state could take some time since Israel’s supporters reaped significant benefits from its existence.
The former president also said that Israel was aware that Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons, and attempts made by Israeli officials to thwart the emerging nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers were a deliberate move to keep Iran bankrupt.
“By doing so the Zionists wish to keep Iran engaged in problems permanently, knowing that the Islamic Republic’s political, economic, cultural and propagation status will all improve after such an agreement,” Rafsanjani said.
A top Iranian official said Monday that Israel, “the bloodthirsty Zionist regime,” was “the axis of evil, espionage and warmongering in the world,” from which no country was safe.
Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said the Jewish state was responsible for the disunity among Muslim countries and stood as a symbol of terrorism, infanticide, occupation, aggression and genocide, the state-run Press TV reported.
“Not only the Muslim states but also the western countries and even the US are not and will not be immune to the regime’s danger,” he added.
Dehghan said that the US-backed Israel, which possessed hundreds of atomic warheads and weapons of mass destruction, deliberately created the rift within the Muslim world to prevent the liberation of Jerusalem from Jewish hands.
Meanwhile in Vienna, Iran and P5+1 powers continued to work towards an agreement aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions.