A former senior Iranian cleric and current opposition figure speaks for the first time with Israeli media from Tehran, urging an end to hostilities between the countries.
Speaking with Channel 12 news, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani — who had the honor of the title revoked by Tehran due to disagreements with the regime — says he has “no problem” with the Jewish state.
“Iranians and Jews have many years of friendship,” he says. “I haven’t met Iranians who don’t have a positive opinion of Israel.”
He says he will come to Israel if his health allows it, adding that his longtime wish has been to go to Jerusalem and “pray at the Western Wall.”
Tehrani says he has been saying since the 1980s that Khamenei will “ruin” the country.
He says the Islamic Republic is a dictatorship that stifles dissenting opinions and freedom of speech. However, he said the Islamic Republic’s frequent talks about their intention to destroy Israel are not serious: “Don’t forget, these slogans were also said by [late former Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein, and we know where he is today.”
“With God’s help, if I stay alive, I would love to meet you and witness the end of the illogical hostility between the Iranian and Israeli people,” he concludes.