DUBAI: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to stop the “Zionist state”, but said until such a ballot could be supported, armed resistance was necessary.
Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini have called frequently over the years for an end to the Jewish state, adding through a referendum in the region, where Palestinians are in the majority.
In his first official comments on Israel since the beginning of its offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, Khamenei reiterated the claim.
“Logical and practical means to this goal, which is for people who live and belong there to pick the government of their selection through a referendum. “There are logical and practical means to this goal, which is for people who live and belong there to pick the government of their selection through a referendum. That would be the end of a usurping fake regime,” Khamenei, who has the last word in all matters in Shi’te Muslim Iran, said in a speech to university students in Tehran.
Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani is trying to better ties with Western countries, including the United States, in a public relations war with Israel.
Israel launched its offensive to halt rocket salvoes by Hamas and its allies, which have fought under an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade on Gaza and been angered by a crackdown on their friends in the nearby occupied West Bank.
Every bit of the end of Wednesday, 687 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 32 Israeli soldiers had perished in the combat. Iran is to mark “International Qods Day,” an annual event falling on the final Friday of Ramadan, with nationwide organized demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians and against Israel.