Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said in a January 22, 2024, interview that aired on Russia Today TV that as long as Israel exists, the confrontation between it and Iran will remain. He added that Iran could never recognize the "plundering Zionist entity," even if a Palestinian state is established as part of a two-state solution. Salehi added that this confrontation will continue until the "Zionist entity ceases to exist."
Interviewer: "In light of the ongoing mutual attacks between Tehran and Tel Aviv in various places, can we expect an end to these attacks, or will they escalate to a dangerous point, especially in light of the tensions in the region?"
Ali-Akbar Salehi: "As long as the [Israeli] entity exists and is active in our region, the crisis will remain between Iran and the regime that is occupying Jerusalem, even if a Palestinian state is established. I am referring to the proposed two-state solution. We can never recognize the plundering Zionist entity. So this confrontation will continue until the Zionist entity ceases to exist. I do not see the end of this confrontation on the horizon. The form and means of this confrontation may change, according to the circumstances of time and place."