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Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready to 'March on Israel, Wipe It Out'

Iran is ready to march on Israel and “wipe it out” if Jewish state strikes, Ahmadinejad said in his latest anti-Semitic diatribe.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/6/2013, 5:00 PM

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to “wipe it out” if the Jewish state attacks the Islamic republic, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in his latest anti-Semitic diatribe, published Wednesday by Egypt’s state news agency.

“The people of Iran are ready to march on Israel to wipe it out if it launches into an adventure against Tehran” and attacks the country, the Iranian president told Egyptian media, according to excerpts published by MENA.

“The Zionists... hope to aggress Iran and attack it, but they are very afraid of the Iranian reaction and of the consequences of such an attack,” he said in the Arabic transcription of the comments made during a visit to Egypt, cited by AFP.

“Our defense forces are capable of dissuading any aggressor and making him regret his act,” Ahmadinejad said.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran was growing under the "terrifying dictatorship" ruling the Islamic republic.

“The Iranian danger has grown,” Peres said at the opening of the newly-elected Israeli Knesset. “It threatens our existence, the independence of the Arab states, the peace of the whole world.

Ahmadinejad, known for his notorious anti-Israel and anti-Israel tirades, is visiting Egypt in the first of an Iranian president since the 1979 Iranian revolution ruptured diplomatic ties between the two countries over thirty years ago.