Iranian President: No Need to Take Up Arms Against Israel
Years after saying Israel should be “wiped off” the map, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that there is no need to take up arms against his nation’s foe, state news reported.
Speaking to citizens in northeastern Iran’s Khorassan province, Ahmadinejad accused unnamed governments of stepping up military purchases in anticipation of a possible war pitting Iran versus Israel.
But he suggested that wasn’t necessary, according to the report from the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.
“If their goal in purchasing arms is to fight the Zionist regime in Israel, they should know that there is not need to do so,” Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad has long questioned the existence of the Holocaust and, months after taking office in October 2005, he participated in a lengthy protest against Israel called “World Without Zionism.”
“With the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism,” he said then, according to another IRNA report.