February 2, 2014
Iran FM: Israel must restore Palestinian rights (RAPHAEL AHREN, February 2, 2014, Times of Israel)
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2014 11:17 AMIsrael must restore the rights of the Palestinians if it hopes to ever achieve peace, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said at a security conference here on Sunday."Of course we don't make the same statement the previous government made," he said, alluding to the bellicose tone of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. "But [Israeli] policies have deprived the Palestinian people of the most elemental rights. Until this is discussed the crisis is not going away. Unless the rights of the Palestinian people are restored... there won't be... a solution."Unlike the case at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN in September, the Israeli delegation remained in the room while Zarif spoke.