Teymoor Nabili is awesome in this Talk with Al Jazeera interview with Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Jerusalem last week. Meridor is also Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy with a background in Iran issues. Hence, the interview is focused on Iran.
Nabili noticed something unusual and writes about it on Al Jazeera's blog:
Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission? ......It's when I challenged him on the biggest talking point of all, Iran's supposed determination to "wipe Israel off the face of the map," that Meridor seemed to stumble outside the lines of the agreed narrative.
Meridor: [Iran's leaders] all come basically ideologically, religiously with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive. They didn't say 'we'll wipe it out', you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed;
Nabili: Well, I am glad you acknowledged they didn't say they will wipe it out, because certainly Israeli politicians…
Meridor: … they say it will be removed, needs to be removed …
The minister spent much of the ensuing conversation arguing that for Iran to simply question Israel's long term future amounts to an existential threat; there are many who agree with him.
But it's his acknowledgement that there's nuance in Iran's position that's so significant, and so rare.
(Hat Tip Mondoweiss commenter PeaceThroughJustice)