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Iran’s Rouhani calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ established by West

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Tehran – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a “cancerous tumor” established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East.

Iran’s leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric.

Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, Rouhani said “one of the negative results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region.”

He went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” set up by Western countries.