Whoever thought Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would tone down his messages in the midst of western warnings was wrong.
Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands gathered at a pro-Palestinian rally in the capital Tehran Friday that “Israel no longer has a reason to exist, and will soon disappear. The Zionist regime, thank God, has lost all reason to exist”.
“The efforts to stabilize Israel’s fraudulent regime have failed. Believe me, soon this regime will be no longer,” Ahmadinejad continued, “The Zionist regime was established in the heart of Islamic territory for one purpose – to pose a threat to the region through constant attacks and killings.”
“This regime has lost its way of existence. Today, there is no reason left for it to remain, and it is about to disappear,” the Iranian president concluded.
Ahmadinejad yet again connected the Palestinian issue to the Holocaust and said, “Thousands of people (Palestinians) have become refuges as a compensation for Holocaust victims, but is the Holocaust real? Why isn’t it allowed to be freely researched?
“Why do the Palestinian people have to pay its price? The Second World War was their (Jews) first excuse and they claimed that 6 million were killed. Their other excuse was that Jews lived on the land 2,500 years ago and therefore the land belongs to them,” he said.
The Iranian president added that he was encouraged by the second Lebanon war and pointed out that “what happened there showed that there is no limit to Islamic resistance.”
Earlier this week, the Iranian president expressed that he still 'had faith,' and was quoted throughout Iranian media outlets as saying “we will win”, and added, "One day I will be asked whether I have been in touch with someone who told me we would win, and I will respond, 'Yes, I have been in touch with God'."
"We must not be afraid of them," he stated, hinting to the western countries.
Ahmadinejad also noted that although he was at times mocked for his preoccupation with spiritual matters and his use of "divine" words, he was nevertheless certain that Iran would prevail, after having secured the support of international public opinion for its cause.
Meanwhile, Iranian news agencies reported the same day that the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi addressed
the possibility of an attack on Iran and said, “If Americans and Zionists want to try their luck in Iran, they will experience a larger defeat than in Iraq.”
Safavi added during a memorial service held at his headquarters, “We are obligated to our fallen to maintain the readiness and deal a powerful blow on the enemies in case of an attack.
“The Basij (branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the Revolutionary Guards are so strong they will not allow the enemy to even think of launching an operation against Iran,” he said.