On Wednesday October 26, 2005 Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made the following comments in an anti-Isrel rally:
There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world.
Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, (while) any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.
“The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,”
See the full translation of Ahmadinjed’s speech here
see: Was Ahadinejad Misquoted?
These words from the Iranian president are a direct threat to the state of Israel, especially from a country trying to obtain nuclear weapons. In a rare show of support, the international community (including France, and even Palestinian officials) condemned Iran for calling for Israel’s destruction.
The Worlds Reaction:
U.N. Security Council condemns Iran’s remarks
Worldwide condemnation of Iran’s call for Israel’s destruction
“France Spain and Canada on Wednesday condemned comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map.’
World Leaders Condemn Iran’s Threats to Israel
“‘I have never come across a situation of the president of a country saying they want to . . . wipe out another country,’ British Prime Minister Tony Blair said”
“Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Israel, called the Iranian president’s statement ‘unacceptable.'”
“President Jacques Chirac of France told reporters that Ahmadinejad risked Iran ‘being left on the outside of other nations.'”
“The statement was widely reported in the Arab world; leaders there reacted for the most part with silence.”
Iran condemned over anti-Israel call
“France, Spain, Britain, Canada and Australia condemned the Iranian leader’s remarks and the European trio said their foreign ministries would summon Iranian envoys and demand an explanation”
Sweden to Cut Bilateral Ties with Iran over Israel Comments
“The Swedish parliament will cut all bilateral ties with Iran in a show of solidarity with Israel, it was reported today. In his reply, Van Sydow spoke of the importance of defending Israel’s right to exist. “I have made sure that we cease all bilateral contacts with the Iranian parliament. I am willing to defend the rights of Israel to exist as strongly as I defend the rights of my own country to exist,” he added.
Arab States Quiet Over Ahmadinejad Remarks
“Arab governments appeared reluctant Thursday to condemn Iran’s president [for his recent remarks against Israel].
While official Arab reaction in such cases is usually slower than international reaction, any issue involving a defense of Israel is a thorny one for Arab governments, who risk appearing to side with Israel against a Muslim nation.
the United Arab Emirates, the top three Arabic-language newspapers buried the remarks deep in their Thursday editions, with no commentary. Newspapers in the country are government-controlled.
In neighboring Saudi Arabia, government-controlled newspapers picked up the statements from international news agencies and ran them on inside pages. They did not comment on them.
Arabic language newspapers circulated widely in the Arab world, such as the London-based Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat, carried the news on their front pages, but also without editorials.
“Palestinians recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist and I reject his comments”
Chief Palestinian negotiator
Despite worldwide condemnation Ahmadinejad continued his threats and insults against Israel On April 14 2006 Ahmadinejad was quoted:
“The existence of the Zionist regime is tantamount to an imposition of an unending and unrestrained threat so that none of the nations and Islamic countries of the region and beyond can feel secure from its threat,”
“Whether you like it or not, the Zionist regime is on the road to being eliminated,”
“Believe that Palestine will be freed soon.”
This threat came only days after Iran declared itself a nuclear power. Israel has every right to be concerned about the threat from Iran and it would not be unreasonable for Israel to do whatever needs to be done to protect itself from this threat.
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Ahmadinejad does not speak for the Iranian People –
It is crucial to differentiate between the Islamic Republic regime and the Iranian people. Iranian people have been victims of murders, kidnappings and tortures during their 27 year long fight for a secular democratic government.
The hatred being shown by the regime has nothing to do with Iranian people.