Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Islamic Republic must Soften its Stance Toward Israel

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Islamic Republic must Soften its Stance Toward Israel

In recent months, tensions between Iran and Israel over Islamic Republic’s nuclear case have been increased significantly. Israeli officials have threatened to take military action against Iran if the country pursues its controversial nuclear program. On the other hand, Iranian government had entered into a media quarrel with Israel’s authorities.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president of Iran and an influential Iranian politician, asks Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to soften the stance of his government toward arch-foe, Israel. “Waging a war against Israel is not a good idea at this time. Our government must be cautioned about this and avoid agitating Israeli officials. We can still support Arab Jihadist groups to fight against Israel, but we should not involve in such wars directly.”

Iran is currently supporting Hamas group of Palestine logistically and financially. In 2012, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared his supports for all Arab Jihadist groups that aim fighting Israel.

Rafsanjani also went on to describe his important decisions during Iran-Iraq war. “In that time, I applied correct and smart policies to end the eight-year war between the two countries. Those decisions were massively important for the future of Islamic Republic.” During the Iran–Iraq war Rafsanjani was the de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military.

Regarding his candidacy for Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election, he said: “I’m still monitoring the conditions. Of course, the next government of Iran must face numerous issues. However, I have several solutions to resolve the current problems.”

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