Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressing a large crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the Quds (Jerusalem) Day said if the Holocaust really happened, the Western countries have been responsible for it. He added that the West should be making up for it. Ahmadinejad said “there are plenty of lands in the West, especially in Canada and Alaska that can be dedicated to the Zionists. Give them this land and get rid of this problem.” (Fars News Agency, 5 October).
Ahmadinejad increasingly has been raising questions and doubts on the Holocaust coupled with renewed calls for “expulsion” of Israel from the Middle East. His latest talks on availability of land in Alaska and Canada are among his harshest comments on elimination of the Israeli state.
These are critical days for Iran and the Iranian people. Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible and hateful comments on the Holocaust and on the existence of the state of Israel run against the interests of the country and the people of Iran. Ahmadinejad’s behavior is pushing Iran closer to brink of a disaster.