Israel has made it blatantly clear that it is seriously contemplating a military strike against Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities. If Iran wants to avoid the possibility of a military showdown, then it is certainly not helping matters when the countryâ€™s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, openly called Israelâ€™s presence as an â€œinsult to humanity.â€
Ahmadinejad spoke in front of a large crowd at Tehran University following a series of pro-Palestinian marches that swept through the nation.
Israel has long considered Iran a threat due to its nuclear facilities and support for organizations with an anti-Israel agenda. Ahmadinejad, along with the countryâ€™s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, have made repeated references about the need to bring about Israelâ€™s destruction.
While Israel stated that it hopes for the issue to be resolved through diplomacy, it has also made it clear that it will not hesitate to launch a military assault if Iran does not abandon its nuclear uranium program, which Iran continuously insists is for peaceful purposes. Iran has threatened retaliation if Israel were to proceed with plans of a military strike and has also pledged to do the same to the U.S. if it allies itself with Israel.
In his speech, Ahmadinejad also called Israel â€œcorruptâ€ and â€œanti-human.â€ He also added that Israel needs to be confronted in order to protect â€œthe dignity of all human beings.â€ During his speech, demonstrators burned the Israel and American flag and chanted â€œdeath to Israel and the U.S.â€
The White House has publicly condemned Ahmadinejadâ€™s speech and also blasted him for defending Syrian president, Bashar Assad, despite the governmentâ€™s repeated violation of human rights and the brutal assault on its own people, which claimed over 20,00 lives since March of last year.
Ahmadinejadâ€™s words are really nothing new. In 2005, he denied the events of the Holocaust and called it a myth. He also vowed for Israel to be â€œwiped off the mapâ€.