TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday referred to as Israel a “cancerous tumor” established by Western nations to advance their pursuits within the Center East.
Iran’s leaders regularly condemn Israel and predict its demise, however Rouhani, a relative reasonable, hardly ever employs such rhetoric.
Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Convention on Saturday, Rouhani mentioned “one of many ominous outcomes of World Warfare II was the formation of a cancerous tumor within the area.” He went on to consult with Israel as a “pretend regime” arrange by Western nations.
Iran helps militant teams like Hezbollah and Hamas which are pledged to Israel’s destruction. Iran has by no means threatened to assault Israel, however has vowed to retaliate whether it is attacked. Israel views Iran as an existential menace.
Rouhani mentioned the USA cultivates shut ties with “regional Muslim nations” to guard Israel, an obvious reference to Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and the dominion’s Sunni Arab allies. He mentioned bowing to American stress quantities to “treason.”
He added, nonetheless, that Iran was ready to defend Saudi Arabia from “terrorism and superpowers.”
“We do contemplate you as a brother,” he mentioned. “We do contemplate the folks of Mecca and Medina our brothers,” he added, referring to Islam’s two holiest cities, in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia reduce diplomatic ties with Iran practically three years in the past after Iranian protesters stormed its diplomatic posts in Iran in response the dominion’s execution of a distinguished Shiite cleric. The 2 nations help reverse sides within the wars in Syria and Yemen.