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Thems Fightin' Words


“The Zionist regime is an injustice and by its very nature a permanent threat,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said during his speech at the conference. “Whether you like it or not, the Zionist regime is on the road to being eliminated.” He referred to Israel as a “rotten, dried tree” that would collapse in “one storm.”


Peres, in a statement quoted by Israel Radio, called Ahmadinejad’s comments a direct threat to Israel’s existence.
“His statements are reminiscent of those voiced by Saddam Hussein. Ahmadinejad will end up like Saddam Hussein,” he said, referring to the Iraqi leader ousted by a U.S. invasion in 2003 and on trial for the killings of 148 Shi’ites two decades ago.
“Ahmadinejad represents Satan, not God,” Peres said. “History has denounced the madmen and those who waved the sword.”

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