No room for Israel in ‘new Middle East’: Ahmadinejad
Posted by satyrikon στο Αύγουστος 17, 2012
DUBAI — Many thousands of Iranians shouted «Death to America, death to Israel» during state-organized protests on Friday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.
Iran, penalized by tough Western sanctions, faces the threat of an Israeli or U.S. military strike on its disputed nuclear facilities. With popular uprisings reshaping the region, the Islamic Republic is also trying to prevent the overthrow of its closest Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
«You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East … there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists,» Ahmadinejad told worshippers at Tehran University in an event broadcast live on state television.
The Iranian leader, whose own authority is under challenge from hardliners as well as reformers, was restating Tehran’s familiar goals as the Middle East undergoes…
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