Iran can not become reconciled with the Israeli people, Ali Khamenei, supreme religious leader of Iran said. During Friday prayers, Khamenei sharply criticized statement by the assistant to the Iranian President Isfandiyar Rahim Meshai on friendship between Iranian and Israeli people. "The statement about Iranian and Israeli peoples being friends is nonsense".
Supreme Leader of Iran said Israeli people are invaders who occupied trade facilities, sown areas in Palestine and its territory. "They are army of Zionist regime. Muslims can not show friendly relations toward those who fulfill order of enemies of Islam".
"We do not have any problems with Jewish, Christians and other religious confessions, but we can not become reconciled with those who occupied Palestine's lands," he said. A month ago, Meshai said Iranian people are not enemies of Israeli people and America. This statement prompted great resonance within the country.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defending Meshai at a news conference on 18 September, said Meshai meant not Israeli nation, but separate representatives of Israel and migrants. "Zionist regime assembled them to Israel due to various promises including Iranian Jewish," Iranian President said. Until news conference, Iranian MPs demanded Ahmadinejad to clarify Meshai's statement in the parliament.
"If someone makes a wrong statement, there is no need to show such reaction. The statement was made by mistake. I ask everybody not to make scandal because of unimportant issues," Khamanei said.