Iran leader: Israel should be “wiped off the map”

From the president of one of the (correctly labelled) axis of evil countries:

Iran’s hard-line president called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and said a new wave of Palestinian attacks will destroy the Jewish state, state-run media reported Wednesday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also denounced attempts to recognize Israel or normalize relations with it.

“There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world,” Ahmadinejad told students Wednesday during a Tehran conference called “The World without Zionism.”

“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, (while) any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world,” Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad also repeated the words of the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who called for the destruction of Israel.

“As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map,” said Ahmadinejad, who came to power in August and replaced Mohammad Khatami, a reformist who advocated international dialogue and tried to improve Iran’s relations with the West.

Perhaps he just wanted to clear up any lingering ‘confusion’ anyone in the rest of the world may have had as to where he stood on Israel.

More from Captain Ed:

The Iranians need to learn a lesson about explicit calls for terror attacks on another sovereign nation. Perhaps the Israelis will teach it to them, if the EU-3 and the US can’t find the time or the nerve to do so. We already know that terrorists such as Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, get most of their funding through the Iranian mullahs. Do we need to wait until they respond to Ahmadinejad’s overt signals to attack before we do something about it?

Yep. I predict it won’t be long before Israel takes matters into their own hands. As would be their right, considering that Ahmadinejad has just called for their extermination.

(Cross-posted at California Conservative)

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