Iran's newly minted nutjob of a president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, doesn't think Israel should be allowed to exist:
TEHRAN, Oct. 26 - Iran's new hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told a group of students at an anti-Israel event today that Israel must be "wiped off the map" and that attacks by Palestinians will destroy it, the Iranian student news agency, ISNA, reported.
He was speaking to an audience of about 4,000 student[sic] at a program called The World without Zionism, in preparation for an annual anti-Israel demonstration held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
His tone was reminiscent of that of the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies since then, and anti-Israel slogans are common at rallies.
Senior officials had avoided provocative language over the past decade, but Mr. Ahmadinejad appears to be taking a more confrontational tone.
He said in his remarks today that the issue of a Palestinian state would be resolved only when Palestinians took control of all their lands.
"The establishment of Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world," Mr. Ahmadinejad said, the news agency reported. "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of the war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land."
Referring to comments by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution, Mr. Admadinejad said, "As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map."
Maybe we need a refresher course on what constitutes "news." When a radical Muslim calls for the destruction of Israel, that ain't news. Happens all the time.
When a Muslim leader, radical or not, calls for recognition of and dialogue, cooperation and negotiation with Israel, this, if that ever happens, is news.
Glad we cleared that up.