Unlike other world leaders who sent Israel their congratulations on its 60th Independence Day, Ahmadinejad chose to convey a radically different message.
"Those who think they can resuscitate the stinking corpse of the Zionist regime on its birthday are sorely mistaken… the very existence of the Zionist entity is questioned. It is heading for destruction.
"Israel has come to its end like the dead rat it became after it was beaten in the (Second) Lebanon War," added Ahmadinejad.
The small Jewish community in Iran did not celebrate Israel's independence. Siamak Morsedah, head of the Jewish community in Iran told AFP that the community saw no need to celebrate, especially since Israel was "killing innocent Palestinians" in the Gaza Strip.
The Jewish community in Iran, he added, does not agree with Israel's conduct in the Strip since it constituted what he called "inhumane behavior"; nor does the community feel the need to mark the Jewish State's independence – "We are Iranians," he said. "Israel's independence has nothing to do with us."