IRAN'S LEADER SAYS ISRAEL IS HEADING FOR ANNIHILATION
APRIL 14 AND 15 2006
APRIL 14 2006
The president of Iran again lashed out at Israel on Friday and said it was "heading toward annihilation," just days after Tehran raised fears about its nuclear activities by saying it successfully enriched uranium for the first time.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a "permanent threat" to the Middle East that will "soon" be liberated. He also appeared to again question whether the Holocaust really happened.
"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."
Ahmadinejad provoked a world outcry in October when he said Israel should be "wiped off the map."
On Friday, he repeated his previous line on the Holocaust, saying: "If such a disaster is true, why should the people of this region pay the price? Why does the Palestinian nation have to be suppressed and have its land occupied?"
The land of Palestine, he said, referring to the British mandated territory that includes all of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, "will be freed soon."
He did not say how this would be achieved, but insisted to the audience of at least 900 people: "Believe that Palestine will be freed soon."
"The existence of this (Israeli) regime is a permanent threat" to the Middle East, he added. "Its existence has harmed the dignity of Islamic nations."
The three-day conference on Palestine is being attended by officials of Hamas, the ruling party in the Palestinian territories.
Iran has previously said it will give money to the Palestinian Authority to make up for the withdrawal of donations by Western nations who object to Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel and renounce violence. But no figure has been published.
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had successfully enriched uranium using a battery of 164 centrifuges, a significant step toward the large-scale production of enriched uranium required for either fueling nuclear reactors or making nuclear weapons.
The United States, France and Israel accuse Iran of using a civilian nuclear program to secretly build a weapon. Iran denies this, saying its program is confined to generating electricity.
The U.N. Security Council has given Iran until April 28 to cease enrichment. But Iran has rejected the demand.
The chief of Israeli military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, was quoted Wednesday as saying Iran could develop a nuclear bomb "within three years, by the end of the decade."
APRIL 15 2006
Iran's leaders have reiterated their call for Israel's annihilation, announcing the advancement of the Iranian nuclear program,
and winning a seat on the United Nations' Disarmament Commission.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated Iran's goal
of "wiping Israel off the map." Speaking at a conference of visiting heads of
Arab terrorist groups operating in areas under Palestinian Authority control,
Ahmadinejad said, "Whether you like it or not, the Zionist regime is on the
road to being eliminated."
Once again expressing his doubt as to whether the Holocaust happened, Ahmadinejad said that, although the Holocaust’s occurrence is "open to doubt, there is no doubt about the holocaust being carried out [by Israel] against the Palestinians." He went on to call upon Israelis to return to the countries from which their ancestors emigrated.
"I tell the governments who support Zionism to allow the
migrants [to] return to their countries of origin. If you think you owe them
something [because of the Holocaust], give them some of your land," he said.
"The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one
Ahmadinejad announced last Tuesday that Iran had successfully enriched uranium in order to produce nuclear fuel, in violation of a call by the UN Security Council for Iran to end the project.
The day before, the UN's Disarmament Commission elected Iran's Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi as one of its three vice-chairs.
"The continued existence of thousands of nuclear warheads in
the stockpiles of the nuclear-weapon States, which could destroy the entire
globe many times over, and the increasing resort to the threat of their
possible use, are the major sources of concern with regard to global peace and
security," Danesh-Yazdi said, adding that Israel was required to place all of
its "clandestine nuclear facilities" under UN nuclear watchdog supervision.
Jordan's representative added that Israel's refusal to renounce nuclear weapons is a major source of tensions in the Middle East.
A British newspaper reported over the weekend that British military officers took part in a joint operation with the US military simulating an invasion of Iran in July 2004.
The Guardian report said the exercise was carried out on a
base in Virginia and was codenamed "Hotspur 2004." The country being invaded
was codenamed Korona, but located exactly within Iran's borders and sharing
the characteristics of Iran. The attack was scheduled for 2015.
The British Defense Ministry downplayed the report, saying the exercise was purely fictitious in nature, "using invented countries and situations" to "test officers to the limit" but "using real maps."
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said military action against Iran was "inconceivable."
"You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard General Yahya Rahim Safav said, addressing the report at the same pro-Hamas conference at which Ahmadinejad spoke (called the Jerusalem Conference in Tehran).
"The Americans know better than anyone that their troops in
the region and in Iraq are vulnerable. I would advise them not to commit such
a strategic error."
Also attending the conference were heads of the PFLP and DFLP terrorist organizations, as well as several members of the ruling Hamas group, which now controls the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas figure Khaled Mashaal promised to those present, "The
Palestinians will never recognize Israel." He also congratulated the Iranian
people on their nuclear achievements and goals. “Acquiring nuclear technology
is every nation’s right, especially the deprived and exploited."
Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Abdallah Salah also praised Iran's nuclear ambitions. “Every Muslim, Arab and Palestinian will be happy to see a Muslim state realizing its scientific potential. No power in the world has the right to prevent a Muslim nation from building itself or to stop its development."
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