Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Kharrazi, Hezbollah leader, said “our aim is the creation of Greater Iran which would stretch from Afghanistan to Israel, bringing about the destruction of the Jewish state.”
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Kharrazi called Saturday for the creation of a “Greater Iran” that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam’s expected messiah. He added that he hoped to make his vision a reality if the party won the nextpresidential election.
Besides Israel, he said the union would also destroy Shi’ite Iran’s other regional adversaries, whom he called “cancerous tumors.” He singled out secular Arab nationalists such as members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party in Iraq, as well as followers of the austere version of Sunni Islam practiced primarily in Saudi Arabia that is known as Wahabism.
Kharrazi’s comments revealed the thinking of a growing number of hard-liners in Iran, many of whom have become more radical during the postelection political crisis and the international standoff over the country’s nuclear program. Kharrazi, however, is not highly influential in Iran’s clerical hierarchy and his views do not represent those of the current government.
“The Islamic United States will be an introduction to the formation of the global village of the oppressed and that will be a prelude to the single global rule of the Mahdi,” a revered ninth-century saint known as the Hidden Imam, whom Muslims believe will reappear before judgment day to end tyranny and promote justice in the world. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab nations have watched Iran’s growing regional clout with deep concern. 2013 presidential election. Jerusalem Post