Israel has deprived region of peace: Larijani

TEHRAN, July 4 (MNA) - Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said here on Thursday that the Zionist regime is a regional troublemaker that has deprived the Middle East of peace for decades.

Larijani made the remarks in a ceremony held to mark the anniversary of the abduction of three Iranian diplomats and an IRNA reporter by militiamen allied to the Zionist regime 26 years ago in Lebanon.


Iranian charge d’affaires Mohsen Mousavi, diplomat Taghi Rastegar Moqaddam, military attaché Ahmad Motevasselian and IRNA photojournalist Kazem Akhavan were kidnapped by Phalange militiamen, who were pawns of Israel, in south Lebanon on July 4, 1982.


Larijani expressed hope that the men -- who have been held by Israel for the past 26 years -– would soon be released in a prisoner swap between Hezbollah and the Zionist regime.


Larijani referred to the futile attempts by Israel’s allies to broker a peace in the occupied territories over the past six decades and asked why all these efforts do not get anywhere.


He said all those who participated in the Annapolis conference and political analysts now believe that the conference has become a “political corpse”.


The Majlis speaker said all of the so-called peace conferences failed because Israel has always had a “legitimacy” problem.


Israel, or any other regime, must have a justification for itself, and if it does not, it will either collapse or create problems in the international arena.”


He added, “The Zionist regime has never been able to acquire legitimacy and it has internal contradictions.”







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