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Ahmadinejad: Finish Israel off if it attacks
Iranian president tells Assad his country has 'reliable information Zionist regime looking to compensate for its ridiculous defeats in Gaza, Lebanon'

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Syrian counterpart that Israel should be resisted and finished off if it launched military action in the region, state broadcaster IRIB reported on Thursday.

 

"We have reliable information ... that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for its ridiculous defeats from the people of Gaza and Lebanon's Hezbollah," he told Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

 

"If the Zionist regime should repeat its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all," Ahmadinejad said in the telephone conversation on Wednesday evening.

 

Ahmadinejad, who has often predicted the imminent demise of the Jewish state, said Iran would remain on the side of regional nations including Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

 

The Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel, which it refers to as the Zionist regime. Israel sees Iran's nuclear program as an existential threat.

 

On Monday Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki referred to Israel as "a mad nation led by insane people".

  

In an interview to the al-Jazeera network, Mottaki said that the Islamic Republic was not taking the Jewish state's threats to launch a military attack on its nuclear facilities seriously, but stressed that Tehran must be prepared for an Israeli attack.

 

According to the Iranian minister, "The Zionist regime in the region is in its weakest position in three years. This is the first time we see this regime facing two different and important defeats in our region, and this is the seventh time the Israeli forces have tried to enter Lebanon and force a war on the country."

 

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