Ahmadinejad, Continuing Diatribes, Equates Israel with ‘Terrorists and Criminals’
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his steady stream of anti-Israel remarks in the aftermath of his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly Iranian, saying Iran sees “the Zionist regime at the same level of the bombers and criminals and the terrorists” in an interview with CNN.
“Let’s assume a few terrorists come and assassinate some of our officials,” Ahmadinejad said, posing a hypothetical. “Will [Iran] be damaged? No. A couple of bombs will be set to explode. Will the country be destroyed? No.” If Israel—just like the “bombers and criminals and the terrorists”—takes military action against Iran, it will “not affect us fundamentally,” he said.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hasan Qashqavi echoed Ahamdinejad’s comments, saying the international community “is laughing at the phony Zionist regime” for trying to set red lines for the Islamic republic’s nuclear threat.
“Cheap acts like that by the leaders of the occupying Zionist regime are not new,” he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Qashqavi said, has acted “stupidly” in response to Iranian strength.