Iranian President Raises Stakes Against Israel

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    Iranian President Raises Stakes Against Israel

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised the stakes against Israel by describing the Holocaust as a lie, just as world powers are trying to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil.

    "The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false ... It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim," he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of an annual anti-Israel "Qods (Jerusalem) Day" rally.

    "Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty."

    Ahmadinejad's anti-Western speeches and comments on the Holocaust have in the past caused an international outcry and isolated Iran which is at loggerheads with the West over its disputed nuclear programme.

    The hardline president warned leaders of Western-allied Arab and Muslim countries about dealing with Israel.

    "This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it ... This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end," he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio.

  • jeanniebeanz

    Wow... and the world criticized the US for electing Bush! I don't understand how anyone can even take this guy seriously let alone place him back into power with access to nuclear technology...



  • leavingwt

    I feel sorry for the all of the Iranian citizens who are not suicidal.

    It becomes increasingly more difficult for Israel to postpone pre-emptive strikes, with Mahmoud making statements like this.

  • cantleave

    Ahmadinejad says a great deal to appeal to various influential groups in Iran. These statements were made quite some time ago before he was "re-elected" earlier this year, this hardline stance earned him the support of the religious leadership and we saw how their influence helped with his election "win".

    He doesn't seem care what the rest of world thinks, but I am certain he realises that if he aggrevates Isreal enough they will take unilateral action against Iraq, targetting military and nuclear installations.

  • SixofNine

    "pretext" does not equal "holocaust" and the holocaust was not the "pretext" for the creation of the Zionist state. The word "Zionist" is a much better clue to what Achmadinnerjacket means by "pretext". (and yes, I'm aware that he has downplayed the holocaust in the past, but that doesn't change the fact that this is bad reporting)

    This is from the Jewish Anti-defamation League:

    Quote: When Jews began arriving in Palestine en masse in the late 19th century, the land had an Arab presence. The number of Arabs in Palestine at the time and questions surrounding when many of the Arabs came to the land remain the subject of dispute among historians. The early Zionist pioneers saw the Arab population as small, apolitical and without a nationalist element and they therefore believed that there would not be friction between the two communities.

    And yet, as the artical from the JAD goes on to note, there was friction between the two communities, immediately and persistantly.

  • leavingwt

    Iran Already a Nuclear Power?

    Ali Akbar Javanfekr, media advisor to Ahmadinejad, also said that accepting the Islamic republic as a nuclear power was the "first step" towards normalising relations between Tehran, Washington and the West.
    "Iran is a nuclear power. We won't accept any threats during the negotiations or even after. We want negotiations based on logic and international laws," he told AFP in an wide-ranging interview in Tehran.
    "They have to accept a nuclear Iran and have to negotiate with a nuclear Iran."

  • Witness 007
    Witness 007

    We should invade Iran now and make the "United States of the Middle east."

  • BurnTheShips

    This is not going to end well.


  • SixofNine

    It'll be fine. Twenty years from now, European Jews will be vacationing in Iran.

    :crosses fingers for bold prediction:

  • leavingwt

    NY Times: Amid Large Protests, Iran Leader Calls Holocaust a Lie

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran’s government and its relentlessly defiant critics used an annual day of support for Palestinians on Friday to promote their agendas, with tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets in their largest rally in two months and the president making some of his harshest comments on the Holocaust, which he called “a lie.”

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-Israel comments came the day after President Obama, in a major national security reversal, scuttled his predecessor’s missile shield plan to focus instead on protecting Israel and Europe against short- and medium-range Iranian missiles.

    Through a tumultuous day of street rallies in Tehran and other cities, police officers were often on the sidelines as protesters faced off against huge crowds of pro-government supporters — many of them bused in from outside the cities — and chain-wielding Basij militia men. There were reports of arrests in Tehran and the southern city of Shiraz, but no shootings or deaths, with the police apparently showing greater restraint than at earlier protests.

    Conservatives had warned against using the annual pro-Palestinian march, known as Quds Day, as an excuse for renewed protests against Mr. Ahmadinejad, whose disputed re-election in June plunged Iran into its worst internal crisis in three decades.

    But the protesters turned out anyway, wearing green, the color of opposition, and often walking alongside larger groups of state-sanctioned marchers bearing huge banners denouncing Israel. The protesters even flouted Iran’s support for pro-Palestinian militants, chanting “No to Gaza and Lebanon, my life is for Iran.” And when officials shouted “death to Israel” through loudspeakers, protesters derisively chanted “death to Russia” in response.

    Many opposition supporters are angry about Russia’s quick acceptance of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s election victory.

    The opposition leaders Mir Hussein Moussavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami joined the crowds, drawing appreciative cheers and chants of support. Later, Basij militia members tried to attack Mr. Khatami and Mr. Karroubi, but defenders fought them back, opposition Web sites reported. Mr. Ahmadinejad — who has been trying to silence critics for months — has called the Holocaust a myth before, a charge that he repeated Friday and that generally plays well domestically.

    Several reports quoted him as saying Friday that the Holocaust was a false pretext for the establishment of Israel in 1948. “It is a lie” based on an unprovable and “mythical claim,” he was quoted as saying in the speech. Mr. Ahmadinejad said the Israeli “regime has no future. Its life has come to an end,” Reuters reported.

    The government had halted street protests just weeks after the election by harshly cracking down on marchers and arresting hundreds of them. But it has been unable to quiet the opposition leaders, who have kept up their criticisms of the election and the government’s violent response. They further and ratcheted up tensions when they leveled accusations that some protesters had been raped and tortured in prison.

    The rape accusations have been especially embarrassing for the religious leadership, and the government has denied the claims, although it has acknowledged that at least some people were tortured.

    Pro-Palestinian marches are traditionally held on the last Friday before the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. But this year, coincidentally, they also fell on the eve of the Jewish New Year.

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