Rouhani at Asia Society forum 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Keith Bedford)
Whatever peace agreement that Palestinian people accept, Iran will accept as
well, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in New York.
Asked about the
peace process at a forum sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the
Asia Society on Thursday, Rouhani stressed that “the decision makers about
Palestine are the people of Palestine,” according to an interpreter.
asked to clarify his stance on his views on the Holocaust, Rouhani provided a
similar answer to the one he gave CNN’s Christiane Amanpour
, the translation of
which was contested in Tehran
“We condemn the crimes [done] by [the]
Nazis in World War II and regrettably these crimes were committed against many
groups, many people were killed – including a group of Jewish people,” he
“We condemn [the Nazis’] crimes in general. We condemn the murder
and killing of innocent people always. It makes no difference to us whether this
person... was Jewish or Christian or Muslim.
There’s just no difference
in our eyes,” he continued.
Much like the CNN interview, Rouhani also
asserted that “if the Nazis committed a crime, this does not mean that the price
paid for it should be done by other people elsewhere,” in a comment seemingly
referring to Palestinians.
“This is not, and should not, be served as any
justification to push out from their homes a group of people because of what the
Nazis did,” he said.