A leading Iranian religious figure broke a major taboo this week by speaking openly with Israeli media.
Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani was interviewed during Monday’s live evening broadcast of Channel 12 News, and he had some choice words for the regime ruling his country.
It should be noted before going on that Masoumi-Tehrani has had his “ayatollah” title officially stripped due to his opposition to the regime, but we are going to continue using it anyway given that he remains an important religious figure to many Iranians.
Addressing the ayatollahs who rule Iran, Masoumi-Tehrani told them to “stop inventing enemies that do not exist,” and insisted that “the Iranians and the Jews have many years of friendship, I have not met any Iranians who had a negative opinion of Israel.”
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Masoumi-Tehrani said the the Islamic Republic of Iran today is a “dictatorship that stifles dissenting opinions and freedom of expression,” and he accused Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei of trying to “ruin” the country.
The former ayatollah concluded by telling Israelis that “if I stay alive, I would like to see the day when the illogical hostility between Iran and Israel will end,” and confessed that one of his long-time dreams is to visit Jerusalem and “pray at the Western Wall.”