Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that there will be no tranquility in the Middle East as long as Israel continues to exist.
"As long as the Zionist regime (Israel) exists, if only on a small piece of land in Palestine, the region will not see tranquility," Ahmadinejad said. "So all the people of the region shall move towards the disappearance of American domination in the region and the disappearance of the Zionist regime," Ahmadinejad added [IRNA*, 3 May].
The Iranian president made the remarks in the televised speech on the 22nd anniversary of the death of the founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Noteworthy that he did not use the phrase “Zionism,” as an ideology, but “Zionist Regime,” an expression used by the Iranian leadership to refer to the state of Israel.
* Translated by AFP, Persian text by IRNA