Iran's supreme leader has sought to clarify his position on Israel after being accused of threatening its destruction.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by the official IRNA news agency late Sunday as saying the Mideast conflict should be resolved through
a popular referendum among "all real Palestinians, including Muslims, Jews and Christians" who trace their roots back to before the creation of Israel.
That would seem to include the Palestinians as well as the small community of Jews who lived in the Holy Land before the mass immigration of Jews in the 20th century and the creation of Israel in 1948. Khamenei did not address the fate of the vast majority of Jewish Israelis, who claim biblical roots to the land but whose immediate ancestors arrived in the last century.
Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials have repeatedly called for Israel's demise, while saying Iran would only attack it in self-defense and bears no hostility toward Jews as a religious community.