TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie revealed on Friday that Israel had planned to assassinate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad around the time of last months presidential election. The Fars news agency quoted Ejeie as saying that Israeli officials had met members of the exiled Iranian Opposition group, Peoples Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI), to execute the plan. The Zionist regime had met with the hypocrite group (the term Iran uses for the PMOI) on the sidelines of (a meeting in) Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and in Paris to assassinate Ahmadinejad, Ejeie said. But the PMOI set some conditions for the job, he said. The hypocrites set some conditions for this job and asked that the US and others remove their name from the (terror) black list, Ejeie said. The enemies even approached the rebels in east of the country to achieve this aim, he added. Tensions between Iran and Israel have particularly worsened under Ahmadinejad who has regularly launched anti-Israel tirades. Soon after taking office in 2005, he said Israel was doomed to be wiped off the map and followed it up with another diatribe, saying that the Holocaust was a myth. Meanwhile, defiant Opposition supporters staged fresh protests in Tehran on Friday, witnesses said, after powerful cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called for detainees held in a post-election crackdown to be freed. Mehdi Karroubi, a defeated presidential candidate, came under attack from men in plainclothes while on way to the prayers, according to his son Hossein. Thousands of supporters of Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, chanting Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein and Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest), demonstrated around Tehran University where Rafsanjani led Friday prayers attended by the former premier and Karroubi, witnesses said. The witnesses said riot police and vigilantes were deployed on streets near the university to prevent the demonstrations, but protesters managed to evade them to stage brief gatherings. They said several people had been arrested, including a leading lawyer and womens rights campaigner, Shadi Sadr, and that police had fired teargas and paintball bullets to disperse crowds, especially near the Interior Ministry. One witness said policemen smashed the windowpanes of several cars whose drivers were sounding their horns, a tactic adopted by protesters. The crowds later dispersed. Rafsanjani, who was Irans president between 1989 and 1997, said events since the election had broken the trust of Iranians that now needed to be restored. Our key issue is to return the trust which the people had and now to some extent is broken, Rafsanjani said. It is not necessary that in this situation people be jailed. Let them join their families. We should not allow enemies to rebuke and ridicule us because of detentions, said Rafsanjani, who backed Mousavi in the poll. He said he had formulated a possible solution to the current political crisis, which he had discussed with members of two key institutions which he heads, the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. Rafsanjani urged that curbs on the media be lifted, saying all sides should be able to say what they want logically and without fighting. Karroubis son Hossein said his father was attacked at the door of the university. When my father got out of the car in front of the university, some plainclothes forces standing by the door attacked and assaulted him, Hossein was quoted as saying on the website of Karroubis party, Etemad Melli. His turban fell. They insulted him using very abusive and outrageous names, he said, adding he saw the plainclothes commander with a wireless telling them they had done a very good job.