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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday the Holocaust was a "lie" and a pretext to create a Jewish state that Iranians had a religious duty to confront.
"The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false ... It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim," he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of annual anti-Israel Quds Day rally.
"Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty," the Iranian president said.
Ahmadinejad's critics say his fiery anti-Western speeches and questioning of the Holocaust have isolated Iran, which is at odds with the West over its disputed nuclear program.
The hard-line president warned leaders of Western-allied Arab and Muslim countries about dealing with Israel.
"This regime [Israel] will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it?. This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end," he said in the speech broadcasted live on state radio.
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
I do not worry that much about "national duty" part. This thing political games can fix. "Religion duty" part is much more scarier and can be used to justify military option.
He really wants Israeli strike on Iran, this is what i conclude after long consideration.
"The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false ...
Originally posted by D.E.M.
I'd just like to point out that the source is Israeli. Until it is backed up by a verified, reputable western print I suggest we take the source with as salt as we take our Pravda.
That being said, assuming the quote is not grossly out of context or outright false, those are some heavy words. My boss has high connections in Iran, I'll see what I can dig up.
Originally posted by polit
This was reported by Reuters with the ()'s
phew! I'm glad reuters & haaretz were there to include little ()'s that interperet his speech for us!
What pretext is he referring to? Is it _actually_ the holocaust?