Ahmad Bakhshayesh Ardestani, providing comments on Hashemi’s recent statements about the Zionist regime, said "It is Israel bumping heads with us. We have not intended animosity in the first place.”
"It has been the Zionist regime flying in our face, that is why our country has never shied away from its principled, devotional stance,” he asserted.
He then stated "A small part of our society enjoys beliefs such as Mr. Hashemi’s recent belief and statement, where he intends to represent this small section. On the other hand the constant, basic policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been and will be to stay on the resistance front in the region.”
Bakhshayesh then asserted that in Iran all are free to say what they like, adding "But in the end the major principles of the system are defined by the Supreme Leader and our devotional values, thus invalidating the executive aspects of uncooperative statements.”
He also pointed out "Such statements in current circumstances are rather counted as campaign signals aimed at Western countries and the US so that they may support and promote the candidate endorsed by Hashemi Rafsanjani.”