TEHRAN (VINnews) – Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday that Tehran is not calling for the “disappearance of Jewish people,” and that people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Reuters reports.

The Iranian Supreme Leader routinely calls for Israel’s destruction.

“Calling for the elimination of the state of Israel does not mean the elimination of the Jewish people,” Khamenei told officials and participants at an Islamic conference in Tehran, according to his official website.

“It means that the people of Palestine – be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish – should choose their own government.”

Khamenei claimed that “we are not antisemitic” and that “Jews live in Iran safely.”

Khamenei made these remarks while addressing the International Conference on Islamic Unity in Tehran.