Israel 'can be removed from the world', says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
September 03, 2010 10:44PM
"If the leaders of the region do not have the guts, then the people of the region are capable of removing the Zionist regime from the world scene," he said as the crowd chanted "Death to America! Death to Israel!"
Mr Ahmadinejad said that direct peace talks, which Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas relaunched with Israel in Washington on Thursday after a 20-month hiatus, were "doomed" to fail.
"What do they want to negotiate about? Who are they representing? What are they going to talk about?" the Iranian President asked of the Palestinian leadership.
"Who gave them the right to sell piece of Palestinian land? The people of Palestine and the people of the region will not allow them to sell even an inch of Palestinian soil to the enemy.The negotiations are stillborn and doomed."
Iran is implacably opposed to the new peace talks and has given strong support to the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza and which carried out two shooting attacks against Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank in the run-up to their relaunch that killed four and wounded two.