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Reported Rohani Comments On Israel Spark Anger

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian news agencies have stirred up controversy and confusion regarding remarks Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rohani, made about Israel.

Iran's President-Elect Hassan Rohani at the Quds Day in Tehran

The ISNA and Mehr news agencies quoted Rohani as saying that "The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed."

However, in a video of his comments to journalists at an International Quds (Jerusalem) Day events in Tehran on August 2, Rohani did not use the phrase "the wound should be removed."

People at the Quds Day rally in Tehran

When that phrase was initially reported, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted immediately, saying Rohani's comments had shown the president-elect's "true face."

Iran's state-run Press TV later said that "news agencies distorted" Rohani's comments.

Outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said during a separate rally that a regional storm is on the way to "uproot" Israel.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Quds Day in Tehran

International Quds Day is an annual show of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Quds Day rallies are held in other Muslim countries as well.

"I bet that sooner or later kindness will govern the whole region"

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, ISNA, and

Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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