The duly hijabbed Lesley Stahl would have been much rougher on someone such as, say, Viktor Orban.
“‘Some signs’: Iran’s president casts doubt on Holocaust, calls Israel ‘false regime,’” by Michael Bachner, Times of Israel, September 19, 2022:
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi cast doubt on whether the Holocaust happened and called Israel a “false regime” in his first interview with a Western media outlet, which aired late Sunday.
Speaking with veteran US reporter Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Raisi also said he couldn’t trust the United States in the beleaguered nuclear talks and called Washington’s sanctions “tyrannical,” as he heads to New York to take part in the UN General Assembly.
The interview with Raisi, who took power last year, was conducted last Tuesday at the presidential compound in Tehran, according to interviewer Stahl, who was wearing a headscarf. “I was told how to dress, not to sit before he did, and not to interrupt him,” she said.
CBS said that at the end of the hour-long interview, the US network’s team was surprised when “a member of Raisi’s staff reached up and blocked one of our cameramen from shooting our goodbyes.” CBS added that “another one of our cameramen’s phone was confiscated and held by President Raisi’s security team for two and a half hours.”
During the interview, Stahl asked Raisi: “Do you believe the Holocaust happened? That 6 million Jews were slaughtered?”
Raisi answered that “historical events should be investigated by researchers and historians. There are some signs that it happened. If so, they should allow it to be investigated and researched.”
Stahl then said: “So you’re not sure, I’m getting that you’re not sure.” Raisi didn’t challenge that conclusion.
Iranian leaders have a long history of Holocaust denial and Holocaust revisionism.
Asked whether he supports Israel’s right to exist, Raisi said: “You see, the people of Palestine are the reality. This is the right of the people of Palestine who were forced to leave their houses and motherland. The Americans are supporting this false regime there to take root and to be established there.”
Asked about the Abraham Accords, which have seen multiple Arab nations normalize their ties with Jerusalem, the Iranian president replied: “If a state shakes hands with the Zionist regime, then they are also an accomplice to their crimes. And they are stabbing the very idea of Palestine in the back.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Raisi said that while his country wants “justice to be served” for the killing of its Quds Force terror chief Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike in 2020, it won’t retaliate by assassinating officials in former US president Donald Trump’s administration.
“That’s the type of the actions that the Americans and Zionist regimes are doing in the world — we are not going to carry out the same actions,” he claimed, even though the US government has charged a Revolutionary Guard member with planning such an assassination….