(JTA) — Iran’s crown prince is urging Israel to help topple the Iranian regime.
Reza Pahlavi — whose father was the shah who was toppled during the 1979 Islamic revolution — told Al Arabiya he does not believe that Israel should launch a military attack.
“If Israel wages war against Iran now, this will cause a kind of tension with the Jewish people that had not existed since the time of Cyrus the Great,” he told Al Arabiya, referring to the sixth century BCE Persian emperor.
He also said that military strikes would only delay and not destroy Iran’s military program.
Pahlavi also said International Criminal Court should charge Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with crimes against humanity.