Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Iran president calls for Israel to be destroyed

TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday Israel should be "wiped off the map", the official IRNA news agency reported, dampening hopes Iran could temper its hostility towards the Jewish state. Support for the Palestinian cause is a central pillar of the Islamic Republic which officially refuses to recognise Israel's right to exist. Under reformist President Mohammad Khatami, whose eight-year tenure ended earlier this year, Iran had shown signs of easing its implacable hostility towards Israel. Officials said Tehran might not object to a two-state solution if that was what the Palestinians wanted. But Ahmadinejad, a former member of the hardline Revolutionary Guards and traditional religious conservative, said there could be no let-up. "The Islamic world will not let its historic enemy live in its heartland," he said. Ahmadinejad, who took office in August, said Israel would be destroyed by a new wave of Palestinian attacks. "Surely the new wave of (attacks) in Palestine ... will erase this stigma from the Islamic world," he said. Tehran denies accusations it trains and arms Palestinian militant groups, saying it only offers moral support. "Israel must be wiped off the map," Ahmadinejad told a conference called "The World without Zionism", attended by some 3,000 conservative students who chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America".


Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

Apparently there is no way Iran can be successful in it's goal to wipe out Israel. See The Christian Prophet blog:

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