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  1. Ahmadinejad has been quoted many times calling for Israel to be destroyed. If that his not his view, why has he never denied it?

    1. John, that is inaccurate. He has explained himself on countless occasions very specifically pointing out that he believes in Palestinian self-determination. His position is that there should be free elections including all Jews and all Palestinians to decide the future of the territory.

      If you want specifics, look up video’s of his interview with Larry King where he lays all this out in no uncertain terms. There is NO part of his rhetoric that calls for the extermination of the Jews, or the destruction of Israel by war.

      As for the claim of Ahmedinejad gloating, it’s another play on people’s stupidity since the order for such an attack could never have come from him. The Revolutionary Guard is exclusively controlled by Khamenei and the office of the President would not have any role to play in any decision relating to the use of the Quds Force, or directives given to Hezbollah. He wouldn’t even be in the loop.

      1. @ lifelong
        The claim that the IRI in general, and Ahmadinejad in particular, advocate a “free and fair referendum” in Israel/Palestine (I/P) confuses what the IRI implies and what is inferred by a Western audience, which are quite distinct interpretations. Nima Shirazi, mentioned in this post, has also made this “Iranians-want-free-and-fair-elections” claim w/o clarifying or understanding the meaning. It’s best to have the Supreme Leader (SL), who sets state policy, explain the meaning.

        At his website @ http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1527
        Khamenei is quoted from his 2011 International Conference on Palestinian Intifada speech as
        “We propose a referendum among the Palestinian people. Just like any other nation, the Palestinian nation has the right to determine its own destiny and to elect its own government. All the original people of Palestine – including Muslims, Christians and Jews and not foreign immigrants – should take part in a general and orderly referendum and determine the future government of Palestine whether they live inside Palestine or in camps or in any other place. The government that is established after the referendum will determine the destiny of non-Palestinian immigrants who migrated to Palestine in the past. This is a fair and logical proposal which global public opinion understands and it can receive support from independent nations and governments.” And with regards to the internationally-mandated 2-state solution, the SL opines, “The two-state idea which has been presented in the self-righteous clothing of “recognizing the Palestinian government as a member of the United Nations” is nothing but giving in to the demands of the Zionists – namely, “recognizing the Zionist government in Palestinian lands”.”

        The “original people of Palestine” clearly designates those who are descendants of the inhabitants of Pre-Zionist Palestine. Immigrants and their descendants, who owe their presence there to Zionist settlement of the area, are to be disenfranchised according to this “free and fair referendum,” and their fate, to be expelled or not, is to be determined by the gov’t born out of this election. From IRI’s point of view this restores justice, as the immigrants and their descendants are usurpers of the land and not entitled to share in determining its destiny, whereas from a Western, Israeli or much of the world’s pov this would be tantamount to ethnic cleansing of the vast majority of Israeli Jews from Israel. Khamenei also rules out the 2-state sol’n as stealing part of Palestine.

        Ahmadinejad’s statements in the 2008 interview w/ L. King @
        imply the same as Khamenei’s. What he means by “Palestinian territory” in that interview is not the internationally-recognized ones, namely West Bank & Gaza, but all of I/P. And by “Palestinian people” determining “their own fate” in this “Palestinian territory” he means the same “original people of Palestine” that the SL was referring to.

        It should be pointed out, however, that despite this ideological stance on justice in I/P, the IRI has, for years now, consistently voted w/ the majority of the international community on UN resolutions bearing on the conflict. Khamenei may rail against the 2ss as betrayal of Palestinian rights to the whole land between the river and the sea, but in practice his gov’t has voted in favor of it repeatedly.

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