Rouhani called Israel an "old wound" that should be eliminated, while tens of thousands took to the streets in anti-Israeli rallies across Iran, chanting "Down with America" and "Death to Israel." Protesters burned American and Israeli flags. "The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed," so-called “moderate” Rouhani ranted.
Outgoing President Ahmadinejad - who was known for vitriolic anti-Israeli rhetoric while in office, including calls that Israel be wiped off the map - spoke to the crowds after Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in his last public speech before his term ends. "You Zionists planted a wind but you will harvest a storm," said Ahmadinejad. "A destructive storm is on the way and it will destroy Zionism."