Last updated on: 5/13/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

What Are the Official Positions of Iran on Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, in a description of his speech to university students on July 23, 2014 via Facebook, stated:

“Since its illegitimate birth since 66 years ago, the Zionist regime has done whatever crime one can imagine against Palestine. There is no way to stop the infanticidal Zionist regime but the elimination of this regime; not via war but via referendum… In the absence of a referendum, fighting Zionists is realized through resolute and armed resistance of Palestinians which is recognized by international laws… I believe West Bank should be armed just like Gaza. Those who love Palestine should arm the people of Palestine in the West Bank.”

July 23, 2014 -

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, PhD, Iranian President at the time of the quote, in an Aug. 17, 2012 speech broadcast on State television marking Quds Day and reprinted on the France24 website under the title “‘Cancerous Tumour’ Israel Will Soon Be Destroyed, Says Ahmadinejad,” stated:

“The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour… The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land… A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.”

Aug. 17, 2012 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, PhD