Sunday, June 03, 2007

Countdown To
Israel's End

Mahmoud is making his mad plans again:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Sunday the Lebanese and the
Palestinians had pressed a "countdown button" to bring an end to Israel.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who triggered outrage in the West two
years ago when he said Israel should be "wiped off the map", has often referred
to the destruction of the Jewish state but says Iran is not a threat.

"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," Ahmadinejad said in a speech.

"By God's will, we will witness the destruction of this regime in
the near future," he said. He did not elaborate.

Iran has described the war last summer between Hezbollah in Lebanon and
Israel as a victory for the Iranian-backed group. Tehran also often praises the
Palestinians for what it says is resistance against Israeli occupation.

Ahmadinejad was speaking ahead of Monday's anniversary of the death in
1989 of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, whose
words Ahmadinejad echoed when he called for Israel to be "wiped off the

The president's comments caused consternation in Israel and the West,
which also fear Iran is seeking to build an atomic arsenal under cover of a
civilian nuclear power program, a charge Tehran denies.

Although Ahmadinejad has said Iran is not a threat to Israel, Iranian
officials have said Tehran would respond swiftly to any Israeli attack. Some
analysts have speculated Israel could seek to knock out Iran's atomic