IRGC Qods Force commander General Esmail Qaani said in an April 29, 2022 International Quds Day address at the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, Iran that Israel is made up of people who have nothing to do with the land of Palestine, who have violence as part of their very being, who have killed and deported the native Palestinian population, and who were given the name "the Jewish people" by those who brought them to Palestine. He said that these people are at the root of all strife in the world and, citing the Islamic Republic of Iran's founder and previous leader Ruhollah Khomeini, he said that Israel is a "cancerous growth" that must be "erased." General Qaani also said that the Jews living in Israel should return to their countries of origin, and that International Quds Day will continue until Israel is annihilated. In addition, he said that the "resistance axis" is stronger than ever before. General Qaani has served as the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force since the former commander, General Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. airstrike on January 3, 2020. The speech aired on Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran). For more about General Qaani, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 9217, No. 8885, and No. 8583.
Esmail Qaani: "This hodgepodge of people was gathered from different parts of the world, and brought to a land with history and people. They attacked these people, killed them, deported them, banished them, and brought a bunch of people which they named 'the Jewish people,' to a land that has nothing to do with them.
"You see that the great Imam [Khomeini] said that this cancerous growth must be erased from the face of history. This is the logical [conclusion] of this debate.
"[They are] a bunch of mostly racist people. Violence is almost part of their being. They are known worldwide for being dependent on this [material] world.
"When you examine the root of every strife, you see, at the core of its creation, these criminal and strife-mongering people.
"The life of this regime is about to end. As long as the houses in Europe, in America, and in all those places where you led despicable lives, have not become more expensive, and before the price of your homes here plummet and they become worthless, to the point that they cannot be sold, and before the prices of the homes outside become too expensive - we recommend that you sell your homes in the occupied land, and return to your countries of origin.
"Quds Day will continue until you are all annihilated. The resistance axis is stronger than ever before, and it will not stop until it annihilates you. This is the main message of Quds Day, which is [shouted] from the throats of all the Muslims in the world, from Iran to all over the world."