Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Israel on Thursday, asserting that it is the most hated state in the world. Israel, he said, was established on lies, is losing the support of the West and would soon disappear.
Ahmadinejad, who in the past has called for Israel to be wiped off the map, made his attack during a speech at the port town of Bandar-Abbas which was broadcast on local media channels.
"Look at what's happened to Israel. The West gathered up the most criminal nation in the world and placed it in our region with lies and fictional tales," he said, hinting at the Holocaust. "They started wars, acted aggressively, and made millions homeless."
His words, quoted on the Iranian network Press TV, ended with the assertion, "The Zionist regime is the most hated regime in the world. It is no longer useful to its (western) overlords. They doubt it. They wonder if it's worth continuing to invest in this regime. But whether Israel wants it or not, with Allah's help, this regime will be annihilated."
We'll cut off your hands
The Iranian leader also claimed that not even another military conflict could save it. "Thanks to their undeveloped minds, they think that another war against Lebanon or Syria will help them survive a little longer. I say to them today: Another war or more aggression will not save you."
The president also referred to reports in all US media channels from last month, that US President Barack Obama has accelerated plans to establish batteries to defend against missile attacks in the Persian Gulf. The reports provoked harsh criticism from Tehran, which accused the US of waging psychological warfare.
"We must ensure our own security in the Persian Gulf," Ahmadinejad said. "Our Gulf is a place of brotherhood and friendship. The Iranian nation will not permit the corrupt powers to undermine stability."
He also expressed his surprise regarding foreign forces in the Middle East. "What are you doing in our region? Why are you deploying your troops here? If you thought you could control Iraqi oil and the Persian Gulf, you were mistaken. Our young men will cut off your hands."