General Ismail Kowsari , Deputy Commander of the IRGC Tharallah Base, told Al-Alam TV that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had said "that this entity [Israel] must be wiped off the Planet Earth within 25 years," but that in his own opinion, that was the maximum period, and "God willing, it will happen before that." The interview aired on September 27.
Interviewer: Iran has provided aid to Hizbullah, Syria, and the resistance movements in Palestine for almost four decades, but it has paid a steep political price for this. Will Iran continue to pursue this policy of support for the axis of resistance, despite the political price this exacts?
Ismail Kawthari: This policy is not related to what is going on at present. It was our policy in the past too. Before the blessed victory of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini related to it, when he said that Israel was an illegitimate entity. It occupied the land of Palestine, and as a result, five million Palestinians left their land, and have become refugees since then. On these grounds, the late Imam determined this policy, which has continued since then. The Leader of the Revolution [Khamenei] continues to implement this policy, and therefore the peoples in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Iraq have reached the conclusion that they need to stand alongside one another, and to unite with one another. Given this, one cannot say that Iran has paid a steep price for its policies. The reason is that since day one, we have defined this policy and declared it loud and clear. Last year, the Leader of the Revolution clarified an important notion: that this entity must be wiped off the Planet Earth within 25 years. In my opinion, this is the maximum period of time, and God willing, it will happen before that.