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October 27, 2005, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
He acted on instructions from prime minister Ariel Sharon following Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s call to wipe Israel off the map and threat of a Palestinian offensive to destroy the Jewish state. The Iranian president has been universally slammed for his remarks. Sharon said a state which calls for the destruction of another is not fit to be a UN member.
Israel vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres urged the international community to take his threats seriously in the light of Iran’s projects to develop nuclear arms and acquire long-range missiles to deliver them.
Iran sponsors not only the Lebanese Hizballah but also the Palestinian Jihad Islami whose suicide bomber killed 5 Israelis in Hadera market on the same day as the Iranian president made his remarks.
Ahmadinejad told students at a conference in Tehran called The World Without Zionism: “Anyone who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury. Any Islamic leader who recognizes the Zionist regime means he acknowledges the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.”