Outgoing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will have to be accountable for
his deeds, which can neither be forgotten nor accepted, President Shimon Peres
told reporters from Reuters on Sunday.
Peres was interviewed following
the election of Hassan Rohani as the new president of Iran. He was reluctant to
voice an opinion about Rohani, saying that the new president would be judged in
accordance with his future deeds, although it is known that he is considered to
be a moderate who has already stated that he will not allow extremist policies
Asked by the Reuters whether the results of the elections
spelled good news for Israel, Peres replied: “The results surprised all the
experts. The people of Iran expressed their will and voted for Rohani. The loser
is [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, who was certain that the people would vote in
accordance with his wishes – and the results proved differently.”
emphasized that the high voter turnout and the percentage of support for Rohani
was indicative of the true desire of the Iranian people to turn away from the
path of extremism pursued by the previous administration.
“At the end of
the day, the true leader of Iran is the nation, which decided to vote for the
most moderate candidate, and not to allow the radical administration to
continue,” he said.
With regard to outgoing president Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, Peres said that history will never forgive him for what he did to
“He wasted millions of dollars on uranium; he brought the Iranian
people to its knees; he destroyed the economy; he hung innocent citizens; he
made Iran a center for terrorism and turned it into a state of
Recalling that relations between Israel and Iran had once
been very friendly, Peres expressed the hope that Iran would overcome the
tragedy inflicted on it by the outgoing regime, which he said was a tragedy not
only for Iran but for the world at large.
The vote for Rohani was a vote
for change, he said, and on that score the result of the election can be
perceived as good news.