Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's provocative statements on the Holocaust and Israel have intensified global tensions and spotlighted the deep-seated rifts between Tehran and Jerusalem following his helicopter's "hard landing" due to foggy conditions on Sunday.

The helicopter carrying Raisi was forced to land amid challenging weather and crashed in a forested area between the villages of PirDavood and Uzi in northwestern Iran. Over 40 rescue teams have been deployed in the search efforts.