What Iranian Leaders are Saying: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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What Iranian Leaders are Saying: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


“World powers have created a black and dirty microbe named the Zionist regime and have unleashed it like a savage animal on the nations of the region.” [1] (Feb. 20
, 2008)

“I warn you to abandon the filthy Zionist entity that has reached the end of the line… accept that the life of Zionists will sooner or later come to an end.” [2] (Jan. 30, 2008)

“It is impossible that the Zionist regime will survive. We are disappointed that some individuals fell victim to the sinister Zionist regime. They are mistaken if they thought that this summit will bring any achievements for them.” [3] (Nov. 28, 2007)

“I wish the name of Saudi Arabia was not among those attending the Annapolis conference…Arab countries should be watchful in the face of the plots and deception of the Zionist enemy.” [4] (Nov. 26, 2007)

“Canada and Alaska have vast lands, why don’t you relocate them [Israeli Jews] over there and keep helping them over there with (aid of) 30 to 40 billion dollars per year for building a new existence over there.” [5] (Oct. 5, 2007)

“They [world powers] should not think that the Iranian nation and other nations in the region will take off their hands off the throat of the Zionists and their supporters.” [6] (Oct. 5, 2007)

“[The] creation of the Zionist regime, [and the] continuation of its existence… are an insult to human dignity.” [7] (Oct. 5, 2007)

“In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have it.” [8] (Sept. 24, 2007)

“If you want to take the same path and issue [the] previous kinds of resolutions which had no effect on us again, the Iranian nation does not consider your resolutions to be worth a nickel coin.” [9] (June 13, 2007)

“It is too late to stop the progress of Iran. Iran has passed the point where they wanted Iran to stop.” [10] (June 5, 2007)

“The Iranian people are united behind the supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and will not step back one inch in their nuclear programme. Iran has become a nuclear country.” [11] (June 3, 2007)

“With God’s help, the countdown button for the destruction of the Zionist regime has been pushed by the hands of the children of Lebanon and Palestine. By God’s will, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future.” [12] (June 3, 2007)

“If Iran’s right to nuclear technology is confirmed, all nations of the world will gather under Iran’s political banner. Enemies of Islamic Iran know this, and for this reason they have mobilized.” [13] (May 24, 2007)

“Iran possesses the nuclear fuel cycle at the industrial level and we want to use all the capacities of nuclear energy.” [14] (May 2, 2007)

“The nation seeks peace and security all over the world and wants to have relations with all nations and states except for the Zionist regime.” [15] (April 18, 2007)

“Zionists are the true incarnation of Satan.” [16] (Feb. 28, 2007)

“…the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives.” [17] (Jan. 23, 2007)

“Thanks to the grace of God and (the Iranian people’s) resistance, we are on the final stage of the path to the nuclear peak. Not more than one step is left to be taken. By the end of the year, we will organize a celebration across the country to mark the stabilization of our nuclear rights.” [18] (Dec. 5, 2006)

“We are determined to master fuel cycle, and commission some 60,000 centrifuges to meet our demands.” [19] (Nov. 14, 2006)

“Israel is destined for destruction and will soon disappear.” [20] (Nov. 13, 2006)

“The Security Council, in Its Present Condition, is Illegitimate; Its Resolutions Are Illegitimate.” [21] (Oct. 20, 2006)

“The Whole World Knows That America and England Are the Enemies of the Iranian Nation.” [22] (Oct. 20, 2006)

“The real cure for the conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime.” [23] (Aug. 3, 2006)

“Nations in the region will be more furious every day, and it will not be long before this intense fury will lead to a huge explosion.” [24] (July 8, 2006)

“The waves of fury of Muslim nations will not be confined within the boundaries of the region, and the people who close their ears to the cries of the Palestinians and blindly support this regime will be responsible for the consequences.” [25] (July 8, 2006)

“Today the Palestinian nation’s will is the greatest power in the Middle East and by voting in favor of Hamas the Palestinians emphasized their ideal of resistance till the liberation of their country and the enemies cannot confront that will.” [26] (Feb. 20, 2006)

“The Palestinians’ vote in this election was to the liberation of the entire occupied territories through continuation of resistance and the establishment of an independent Palestinian country.” [27] (Feb. 20, 2006)

“Some Western governments, in particular the U.S., approve of the sacrilege on the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), while denial of the `Myth of Holocaust’, based on which the Zionists have been exerting pressure upon other countries for the past 60 years and kill the innocent Palestinians, is considered as a crime.” [28] (Feb. 11, 2006)

“We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of Return [the return of the Mahdi].” [29] (Jan. 5, 2006)

“They have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it above God, religion and the prophets.” [30] (Dec. 14, 2005)

“Some Europeans countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces…Although we don’t accept this claim…If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe-like in Germany, Austria or other countries-to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe.” [31] (Dec. 8, 2005)

“Anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, [while] any [Islamic leader] who recognises the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.” [32] (Oct. 26, 2005)

“The Islamic world will not let its historic enemy live in its heartland.” [33] (Oct. 26, 2005)

“… with respect to the needs of Islamic countries, we are ready to transfer nuclear know-how to these countries.” [34] (Sept. 15, 2005)

“One of our group told me that, when I started to say ‘In the name of God, the almighty, the merciful’, he saw a light around me and I was placed inside this aura. I felt it myself. I felt the atmosphere suddenly change and, for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink.” [35] (Sept. 2005)

“Have no doubt… Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.” [36] (July 25, 2005)



[1] “Ahmadinejad in new attack on ‘savage animal’ Israel,” AFP, Feb. 20, 2008, http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g_nrxYSrTbp_LIZcVU4VGCBpQ0hQ
[2] Fathi, Nazila, “Iran to produce nuclear energy by 2009, Ahmadinejad says,” International Herald Tribune, Jan. 31, 2008, http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/31/mideast/nukes.phphttp://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1389100.php/Ahmadinejad_tells_West_Acknowledge_Israels_&quotimminent_collapse%22 
[3] “Interview With President Bush; Republican Presidential Candidates Prepare For CNN/YouTube Debate,” CNN, Nov. 28, 2007, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0711/28/sitroom.03.html
[4] “Ahmadinejad disappointed from Saudi participation in Annapolis conference,” Al Bawaba, Nov. 26, 2007, http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/Saudi%20Arabia/219317
[5] “Anti-Israeli Demonstrations Start in Iran,” Fars News Agency, Oct. 5, 2007, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8607130398 
[6] “Iran marks Jerusalem Day,” Aljazeera, Oct. 5, 2007, http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/877E8E21-01A0-4498-B67F-7FD645096470.htm 
[7] “Iranian officials support Palestine on Qods Day,” IRNA, Oct. 5, 2007, http://www2.irna.com/en/news/view/line-24/0710054137164336.htm 
[8] “President Ahmadinejad Delivers Remarks at Columbia University,” CQ Transcripts Wire, Sept. 24, 2007, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/24/AR2007092401042.html   
[9] Adler, Michael, “Iran defiant ahead of UN nuclear talks,” Agence France-Presse, June 13, 2007
[10] Weissenstein, Michael, “Iran: ‘too late’ to stop Nuclear Program,” Associated Press via The Guardian, June 5, 2007, http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6684809,00.html 
[11] Farmani, Hiedeh, “Iran ‘invincible in nuclear standoff: Ahmadinejad,” Agence France-Presse, June 3, 2007
[12] “Iran president sees ‘countdown’ to Israel’s end.” Reuters, June 3, 2007, http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USBLA32653020070603 
[13] Karimi, Nasser, “Iran Vows to press Ahead on Nuke Program,” Associated Press via The Guardian, May 24, 2007, http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6657514,00.html 
[14] “Iran won’t budge an inch on nuclear: Ahmadinejad,” Agence France-Presse, May 2, 2007
[15] Al-Bawaba Reporters, “Ahmadinejad: Iran Army to ‘cut hands of aggressors,'” Al-Bawaba, April 18, 2007, http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/212019; “Ahmadinejad says Iran army is of defensive nature,” Al-Manar TV, April 18, 2007, http://www.almanar.com.lb/NewsSite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=15523&language=en 
[16] “Zionists ‘incarnation of Satan,'” Ahmadinejad,” Agence France-Presse, March 1, 2007
[17] “With Friends Like These…,” Investor’s Business Daily, Jan. 30, 2007, http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=255053285176877&secure=6&show=1; Laapin, Yaakov, “Iran:Israel, US will soon die,” Ynetnews, Jan. 23, 2007, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3356154,00.html 
[18] “Iran warns EU against sanctions,” Fars News, Dec. 6, 2006, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8509150479 
[19] “Iran: Nuclear program will be operating by February,” CNN, Nov. 15, 2006, http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/11/14/iran.nuclear/index.html 
[20] “Iranian leader predicts Israel’s end,” United Press International, Nov. 13, 2006
[21] “Iranian President Ahmadinejad: The West Should Pick Up the Zionist Regime ‘By the Arms and Legs’ and Remove It from the Region; U.N. Resolutions Are Illegitimate; America & England are Enemies of the Iranian Nation,” The Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Dispatch, Series No. 1337, Oct. 27, 2006,  http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=countries&Area=iran&ID=SP133706 
[22] Ibid.
[23] Berger, Sebastien; Bishop, Patrick, “‘Eliminate’ Israel to solve the crisis, says Iranian president,” The Daily Telegraph, Aug. 4, 2006, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/04/wmid204.xml 
[24] “Iran’s Ahmadinejad attacks Israel at Iraq conference,” Agence France-Presse, July 8, 2006
[25] Ibid.
[26] “Ahmadinejad: Palestinian nation’s will greatest power to solve Mideast crisis,” IRNA, Feb. 21, 2006, accessed Feb. 22, 2006
[27] Ibid.
[28] “President: Real holocaust to be sought in Palestine, Iraq,” IRNA, Feb. 11, 2006
[29] “Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Sharon dead and ‘others to follow suit,” Iran Focus, Jan. 5, 2006, http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5166 
[30] Vick, Karl. “Iran’s President calls Holocaust ‘Myth’ in latest Assault on Jews,” The Washington Post, Dec. 15, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/14/AR2005121402403.html 
[31] “Iran’s Leader Voices Doubt On Holocaust,” Reuters via The Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/08/AR2005120801788.html?nav=rss_world; “Ahmadinejad: Courting controversy,” Aljazeera, Dec. 14, 2005, http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/39AF3EA0-C8E9-456A-99D3-438045D4431F.htm 
[32] MacAskill, Ewen; McGreal, Chris, “Israel should be wiped off the map, says Iran’s president” The Guardian, Oct. 27, 2005,  http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1601413,00.html 
[33] Penketh, Anne, “Iran’s leader says Jewish state ‘should be wiped from map,” The Independent, Oct. 27, 2005, http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article322539.ece
[34] Harris, Francis and La Guardia, Anton, “Campaign to curb Iran’s nuclear plans on the verge of collapse,” The Daily Telegraph, Sept. 16, 2005, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/16/wiran16.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/09/16/ixnewstop.html 
[35] Esfandiari, Golnaz, “Iran: President Says Light Surrounded Him During UN Speech,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty , Nov. 29, 2005, http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/11/184cb9fb-887c-4696-8f54-0799df747a4a.html 
[36] “Iran’s New President Glorifies Martyrdom,” The Middle East Research Institute Special Dispatch 945, July 29, 2005, http://memri.org/bin/opener.cgi?Page=archives&ID=SP94505 



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