Ahmadinejad: Stop Firing, Destroy Israel

Earlier today, in a speech to a Muslim conference in Malaysia, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the solution to problems in the Middle East is the destruction of Israel:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis is to destroy Israel. In a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate halt to fighting in Lebanon between Israel and the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah.

Ahmadinejad, who has drawn international condemnation with previous calls for Israel to be wiped off the map, said the Middle East would be better off “without the existence of the Zionist regime.” Israel “is an illegitimate regime, there is no legal basis for its existence,” he said.

Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel was coupled with a demand for a cease-fire in Lebanon:

“Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented,” he said.

Ahmadinejad obviously wants a cease-fire not in the interest of peace in the region, but as a tactical move that will contribute to the ultimate destructon of Israel. Which illustrates why neither the government of Israel nor the Bush administration wants a cease-fire. One has to wonder: do other leaders who urge an immediate cessation of fighting, like Kofi Annan and various European heads of state, have motives that are purer than Ahmadinejad’s? Or do they share his view as to how peace should ultimately come to the Middle East?


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