Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity”, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today.
It is one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state. It comes as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear programme.
Mr Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to “protect the dignity of all human beings”.
He was addressing worshippers at Tehran University after nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies, an annual event marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies for decades. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Israel a “cancerous tumour that must be wiped out.
Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its nuclear and missile programmes and repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel’s destruction.