From the Republican Jewish Coalition:
Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2008) — The Associated Press reported yesterday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israel on Thursday, saying the Jewish state would not survive, even if it gave up land for a Palestinian state.
He also dismissed allegations that his country is trying to make nuclear arms.Speaking to reporters in Tehran, the hard-line leader smirked at the former mantra of the Israeli right of a “Greater” Israel that would include land Palestinians want for a future state. The idea has since been abandoned, with the Israeli political consensus now being that there would be a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, on either side of Israel.
“I have heard some say the idea of Greater Israel has expired,” Ahmadinejad said. “I say that the idea of lesser Israel has expired, too.”
Ahmadinejad used the news conference to speak at length before traveling to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly that opened Tuesday.
The Iranian president repeated previous anti-Israel comments, calling the Holocaust a “fake” and saying that Israel is perpetrating a holocaust on the Palestinian people.
Yesterday Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks expressed outrage that the planned “Stop Iran” rally in New York had been hijacked by those with a political agenda.
“A strong effort by the Jewish community to stand up and show the world that we are united in our fight against this madman has been hijacked by those with a political agenda. We are extremely disappointed that in response to political pressure from partisan organizations, Governor Palin has been disinvited to the “Stop Iran” rally in New York. We are disappointed that neither Senator Obama nor Senator Biden chose to participate in this important event. Yet again they have missed an opportunity to stand up to Iran and have their voices heard,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks. “Senators Obama and Biden and their supporters have handed Ahmadinejad a big win.”