Gearing up for Iran’s annual “Qods Day”, a nationwide event dedicated to expressing outrage against Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted a speech to his website saying world forces must work together to annihilate Israel.Joanna Paraszczuk at The Jerusalem Post reports Ahmadinejad followed that up by telling ambassadors from Islamic countries that a “horrible Zionist current” has been directing global policies for “about 400 years.”
From The Jerusalem Post:
Repeating traditional anti-Semitic slurs, the Iranian president accused “Zionists” of controlling the world’s media and financial systems. It was Zionists, he said, who were “behind the scene of the world’s main powers, media, monetary and banking centres.”
“They are the decision makers, to the extent that the presidential election hopefuls [of the USA] must go and kiss the feet of the Zionists to ensure their election victory,” he added. Ahmadinejad added that “liberating Palestine” would solve all the world’s problems, although he did not elaborate on exactly how that might work.
Qods Day, or Jerusalem Day, was established as a national holiday in 1979 and sees massive crowds condemning Israel and the U.S. government with chants of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”
Ahmadinejad has called the holocaust a myth and last invited Israel’s annihilation in 2005 when he said it should be “wiped off the page of time.”
The president added: “Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.”
Israel is concerned Iran may develop nuclear capabilities and U.S. defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Israeli’s Prime Minister Wednesday that the use of force against Tehran remains an active possibility.
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