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Wiping Israel Off The map??





In an interview with Al Jazeera last week, Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor finally admitted that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad NEVER said Iran wanted to "wipe Israel off the face of the map".

The mistranslation of the 2005 speech by Iran's President and misinformation about 9/11 have been widely reported in the mainstream media to justify bombing, disarming and occupying the Islamic nations that surround Israel.

Meridor: Iran's leaders didn't say 'we'll wipe it {Israel} out', you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed;

Nabili: Well, I am glad you acknowledged they didn't say they will wipe it out, because certainly Israeli politicians…

Meridor: … they say it will be removed, needs to be removed …

Iran's President Ahmadinejad's 2005 quote comes from an old speech of Khomeini and does not imply military action, or killing anyone at all. It is an inexact translation. The phrase is almost metaphysical. He quoted Khomeini that 'the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time. It is a reference to some phrase in a medieval Persian poem. It is not about tanks.

With the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) talks on Iran's nuclear programme about to kick off, the air is thick with talk of a military attack on Iran.


Politicans from Binyamin Netanyahu through Britain's William Hague and most of the US congress have invested a great deal of political capital in claiming that Iran will launch a nuclear weapon on Israel because Iran's president has more or less said so.

Gary Leupp, Professor of History at Tufts University in the US points out, this position has remained unmoved by contradictory facts:

Ahmadinejad himself has repeatedly said that his remark was misinterpreted. In January 2006, complaining about the 'hue and cry' over his statement, he said: 'Let the Palestinians participate in free elections and they will say what they want.' In July 2008, he told a meeting of the D-8 nations (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey) that his country would never initiate military action but that the Israeli regime would eventually collapse on its own.

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