Iranian president calls Israel illegitimate, urges Palestinians to return

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to “Israel in its current form is not legitimate,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the television channel France 2 on Wednesday ahead of his trip to Paris.

Rouhani—who has been perceived as a moderate by the Obama administration and elsewhere in the Western world—said that all Palestinian refugees and their descendants dating back to 1948 should return to “Palestine…and vote, and whichever [political] system they choose, we will be in agreement with that.” He added that after all the Palestinians “wandering abroad” return, elections for new leadership should be supervised by the United Nations.

This would result in a single state, rather than two states for two peoples, Rouhani explained.

“We say that everyone must meet to vote on the entire Palestinian territory as it was in its pre-1948 borders,” he said, according to translations of the interview. “We say that all Jews, all Muslims, all Christians, and all people who are from Palestine and are wandering around the world must be able to return to Palestine.”

Posted on November 13, 2015 .