Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaii, who in the past made statements about friendship with Israel, has now declared that "Israel is a dead body whose burial has been delayed."
He also expressed support for statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust.
[See MEMRI TV, "Iranian VP for Cultural Heritage Esfandiar Rahim Mashaii: We Are Friends of the Israeli People; Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani: We Are Not", and "Iranian Daily: Remove Ahmadinejad's Veep For Statements Of Friendship With U.S., Israeli People", "Iranian VP Reiterates: Iran Is A Friend Of The American And Israeli Peoples", "Majlis Speaker Larijani: Iranian Envoys Should Not Make Statements Contrary To Iran's Stances", "Ahmadinejad Deputy Calls Iran Friend Of The People Of U.S., Israel - Then Denies Statements".]
Source: Fars, Iran, September 20, 2008
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