President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a new verbal attack against Israel
on Wednesday, saying he believed it would soon collapse, state media reported.
Ahmadinejad, who has sparked international outcry by referring to the killing of six million Jews in World War Two as a "myth" and calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map," made the comments in a speech in the southern province of Khuzestan.
"I'm sure that soon we will observe the collapse of the Zionist regime (Israel)," the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying, without elaborating.
"The Holocaust was fabricated by the West in order to reach its goals," state television quoted him as saying.
Last month, he told delegates at an international conference in Tehran questioning the Holocaust that Israel's days were numbered: "Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and today does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out."