Ahmadinejad: íNo Room for Israel in the Regioní if Palestinian State Formed
By Michael Ireland Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
TEHRAN, IRAN (ANS) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says after the formation of a Palestinian state there will be no room for Israel in region.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Photo courtesy Mohabat News)
According to Mohabat News, the Iranian Christian News Agency,
www.Mohabatnews.com ,citing a CBN News report, Ahmadinejad's comments came after a day of pro-Palestine rallies on Friday.
Mohabat News says the rallies were part of an annual demonstration called Quds Day, an occasion where Iranian officials show their support for Palestine and condemn Israel. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem.
Tens of thousands attended the Quds Day rally in Tehran. The regime's state TV reported millions of Iranians participated in the rallies in cities and towns across Iran, the news agency said.
Ahmadinejad also urged the West to stop supporting Israel.
"You and the Zionist regime will have no base in the Middle East," he warned, and dismissed the West's support for a two-state solution as a tactic meant "to save" Israel.
Reiterating his anti-Holocaust rhetoric, Ahmadinejad also said Israel was created on lies and added, "the Zionist regime is the axis of unity among all thieves and criminals of the world," the news agency reported.
Mohabat News explained this isn't the first time Ahmadinejad has expressed anti-Israeli views. In 2005, he said Israel should be, "wiped off the map."
Mohabat News also stated that Iran faces increased pressure from the West over its controversial nuclear program that Israel, the United States, and others contend will be used for making nuclear weapons.
The Islamic Republic denies the charge, insisting the program is for peaceful purposes only, such as generating electricity, the news agency said.
** Michael Ireland is Senior Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael's volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department -- 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' (MIMM) -- of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under 'Donate' tab, then look for 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' under 'Donation Category' to support his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.' Michael is a member in good standing of the National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior Reporter