Iran / 03-08-2012
Teheran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again called for the annihilation of Israel this week. In a Ramadan speech to ambassadors from Islamic countries, he said a “horrible Zionist current” has been managing world affairs for 400 years. Reciting a long list of antisemitic slurs, Ahmadinejad accused “Zionists” of controlling the world’s media and financial systems.
The speech was delivered ahead of “Qods Day” (“Jerusalem Day”), an annual Iranian, anti-Zionist, anti-Israel event started in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini, which this year falls on August 17th. “Qods Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, as it is to be viewed as a key for solving the world problem,” Ahmadinejad said. “Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.”
Ahmadinejad was merely repeating the anti-Israel, Jew-hating rhetoric for which he has become infamous. But his remarks are a helpful reminder of what a nuclear-armed Iran’s first priority would be.