Asked in the CNN interview about his view of the Holocaust, Mr. Rouhani said, “Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created towards the Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable.
“Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn,” he said. “The taking of human life is contemptible. It makes no difference whether that life is Jewish life, Christian or Muslim. For us it is the same.”
At the same time, Mr. Rouhani also condemned the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, without referring to Israel by name. Repudiating crimes like the Holocaust, he said, “does not mean that on the other hand you can say Nazis committed crimes against a group, now, therefore, they must usurp the land of another group and occupy it.”