Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Attacks: “One Day Israel May Disappear”

Antonio Tajani: in the next few days, we will open the way to a two-state solution. France: recognizing a Palestinian state “is no taboo”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The tragic death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi threatens to escalate tensions between the Islamic Republic and Israel once again. During a meeting with Hamas politburo chief Isamil Haniyeh, who arrived in Tehran on May 22 to attend the funeral of the Iranian president killed in a helicopter crash last Sunday, Iran’s supreme spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that “the disappearance of the Zionist regime (Israel) is possible.”

According to Iran’s Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Who would have thought that one day students would be waving Palestinian flags in US universities?” According to Ali Khamenei, “God willing, the day will come when Palestine will be formed ‘from the river to the sea.’” Responding to numerous questions regarding Tehran’s future policy in international affairs, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that Interim President Mohammad Mokhber “will continue the policies and orientations of late President Raisi regarding support for Palestine with the same motivation and in the same spirit.”

Following the “yes” from Spain, Norway, and Ireland to the official recognition of the State of Palestine, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne also said that recognizing the Palestinian state “is no taboo for France.” According to the French diplomatic chief, “such a decision should be beneficial” and should “allow decisive progress at the political level.”

In Italy, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani announced that in the next few days “he will meet with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and open a path that cannot be implemented without Israel recognizing a Palestinian state, and vice versa.” But according to Tajani, we need to understand “what a Palestinian state is, because we cannot recognize a Hamas-led state.”