Israel has ‘no roots’ in Middle East history: Ahmadinejad

By Reuters
NEW YORK

Israel has “no roots” in the history of the Middle East and represents a disturbance for Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday.

Ahmadinejad said Iran has been around for thousands of years, but Israel has existed for only 60 or 70 years. He said that for a certain “historical phase” Israel represents a disturbance for Iran and “they are then eliminated.”

“They (Israel) have no roots there in history,” Ahmadinejad told reporters in New York, where he is due to attend the U.N. General Assembly. “They do not even enter the equation for Iran.”

The Iranian president earlier said his country does not take seriously Israeli threats of attack, but is prepared to defend itself.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted that Israel could strike Iran’s nuclear sites and has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s position that sanctions and diplomacy should be given more time to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear arms and says its atomic work is peaceful, aimed at generating electricity. read http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/24/239933.html

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