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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad (C) attends the extraordinary summit of the Organizations of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late 14 August 2012. Saudi King Abdullah made a call for Muslim unity at the opening of the summit where Islamic countries were expected to discuss the crisis in Syria. EPA/STRINGER

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad (C) attends the extraordinary summit of the Organizations of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late 14 August 2012. Saudi King Abdullah made a call for Muslim unity at the opening of the summit where Islamic countries were expected to discuss the crisis in Syria. EPA/STRINGER

Israel is a "cancerous tumor" that will soon be finished off, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday told demonstrators holding an annual protest against the existence of the Israeli state.

"The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of [Palestinian] land, in the future this story [of Israel's existence] will repeat," he said in a speech in Tehran marking Iran's Quds Day that was broadcast on state television.
 
"The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land ... A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists," he said.
 
The diatribe took place amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
 
The Israeli state has in recent weeks intensified its threats to possibly bomb Iran's nuclear facilities to prevent it having the capability to produce atomic weapons.
 
Iran, which is suffering under severe Western sanctions, denies its nuclear programme is anything but peaceful. Its military has warned it will destroy Israel if it attacks.
 
State television showed crowds marching under blazing sunshine in Tehran and other Iranian cities to mark Quds Days, whose name, derived from Arabic, designates the city of Jerusalem, the disputed future capital of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.
 
Demonstrators held up Palestinian flags and pictures of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and banners reading "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." A group in Tehran was shown burning an Israeli flag.
 
The marches have been an annual event during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Iran, ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
 
They underline Iran's antipathy to Israel and its ally the United States, and support for the Palestinian cause, which Khamenei on Wednesday called "a religious duty." The supreme leader described Israel as a "bogus and fake Zionist outgrowth" in the Middle East that "will disappear." The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, told the Fars news agency as he attended the Tehran rally that "the Iranian nation has always been at the forefront of the [regional anti-Israeli] resistance in showing its animosity with Israel." He added that Iran intended to maintain that virulent stance.

Ahmadinejad, in his speech, claimed that "Zionists" triggered the first and second world wars, and had "taken control over world affairs since the moment they became dominant over the U.S. government." He asserted that major governments, banks and media were in thrall to a Zionist cabal whose aim was to "destroy the cultures, values and sovereignty of nations."

Ahmadinejad's past broadsides against Israel and its Jewish supports, and his denial that the Holocaust occurred, have earned him opprobrium from Western and other nations, and walk-outs during his addresses to the U.N. General Assembly.

Israel has been employing its own invective against Iran and its leaders, invoking the image of Hitler and the Nazis on the eve of World War II and accusing Tehran of being bent on Israeli genocide.

August/17/2012

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George Smily

8/20/2012 6:58:03 PM

Aryeh Rapaport, what are yu talking about the first 60 years, you already robbed them in the first 60 years, Ever since 1967 cease fire, the "Army of Settler", supported by the IDF, robbed themof their Land and Liberty. The ones that protest are now dead or rotting in the Desert Camp, whithout Trial but whit an "open-ended" Sentences. Ghey do not want to kill you, all they want is their Land and Property to be able to raise and feed their Families.Now you telling they facing some 60 years MORE!

Dennis Kavaz

8/19/2012 6:36:41 AM

The International Atomic Commission affirmed Iran has not developed nuclear weapons; yet the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khammani however said if Israel attacks Iran, Israel will disappear; if Iran has the capacity to obliterate Israel without Nuclear weapons, why then is Iran sicking to develop nuclear weapons? However in view of if Iran’s serious threats, would any one in the region be safe when Iran does develop nuclear weapons?

Turk down under

8/18/2012 9:52:40 AM

@Lior Uziel-Ditto "How can the leader of a country call for the destruction of another?" and Ditto MURAT "this man is the mother of All tumors". I feel sorry for Iranians too! I have no words to describe the vileness of Ahmadinejad. @TURKIC voice. If there is anything positive to be said about the Germans during WW2 it is that they recorded every single thing they did. Bit hard to argue events when the perpetrators of the Holocaust themselves were so fastidious with their records

Aryeh Rapaport

8/17/2012 11:08:30 PM

George. The difference between Israel and Palestinians is persisly that Israel doesnt want to kill Palestinians yet Palestinians want to kill Israel. If Palestinians continue to try to kill Israelis they will be stopped and condemn themselves to another 60 years of sorrow. What ever Palestinians decide Israel will need to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

ilker avni

8/17/2012 10:24:14 PM

iran uses Israel , Palenstinians as a excuse to unite the nation.,Iran is suffering from sanctions,the west is relying on the Iranian citizens to uprise against the mullahs.Iran is i belive manufacturering nuclear weapons,they enriching programe for years..Israel is right to be concerned as should Turkey.The threats and warnings show Iran a nation liveing in fear.War with Israel will allso unite the Muslim World in favour of Iran, and against America all over the World/

Murat

8/17/2012 7:51:46 PM

In spite of all the crazy talk, Iran is obviously in desperate need of credible deterrance. They would be idiots not to pursue nukes and all other means, with or without Mollas. After all, two countries, one superpower which has actually nuked unarmed populations, both with a penchant for unilateral strike, day in and day out discuss to bomb or not to bomb Iran and how and when to do it. In reality, Iran does not need nukes. All Israeli defenses can be saturated with conventional weapons.

ariyo odebiri

8/17/2012 7:47:27 PM

i don't think this man is okay. He should go for psychiatric evaluation. What kind of leader is this? Iranians deserve better.

George Smily

8/17/2012 7:26:17 PM

@Aryeh Rapaport 8/15/2012 5:03:03 PM Selim,, Palestinians in Israel are not being systematically wiped out. If Israel wanted to wipe out these people they can and would - Above are your posting, please tell the World the Mass exterminatinmethods that the State of Israel proposes to use? Please give the World a hint, who will be the first to go, West Bank or the Gaza residents or the entire 4, 000.ooo (Million) of "THEM"! Perhaps Ahmedinejdad knows something that the rest of the World does not!

Lior Uziel

8/17/2012 6:51:04 PM

Most of the comments are regarding whether Iran can annihilate Israel, what the conflict are for, why is Iran behaving so foolishly. In what kind of a world you are living if you are not shouting how can a leader of country call for a destruction of another one? And second, can't you understand the Jews living in Israel who are fearing for the same fate as Christians in the ME (gone from Lebanon, Iraq and soon from Egypt?), or as civilians killed by their own regime?

Arnold Yesovitch

8/17/2012 6:39:11 PM

Murat. If Iran and Israel were to trade ( fire ) missile for missile I can assure you that Israeli missiles would reach Iranian territory easily. On the other the Iranian missiles would need to be so well calibrated as to hit Israeli territory and not that of either Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordon, let alone the Palestinians themselves who Iran says they are fighting for.
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