Ahmadinejad once again fails to call for the annihilation of Israel, despite what you heard on CNN by Juan Cole

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by Juan Cole
Informed Comment
February 27, 2010

I saw Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN Friday afternoon. Oren said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had called for the annihilation of Israel, and was therefore speaking of genocide.

It is dreary to see this constant drumbeat of dishonest propaganda. Whatever one thinks of Ahmadinejad or the Iranian regime, one should not misrepresent their statements, since that will lead to bad policy-making.

The Washington Post also wrote, “Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier, spoke of Israel’s eventual “demise and annihilation”. In fact, Ahmadinejad never mentioned Israel as a country at all, and spoke only about what he called the ‘Zionist regime.’ He favors an admittedly odd form of the ‘one state solution’ in which Palestinians and at least some Jews would all vote for the same government.

So this is what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday at a press conference in Damascus:
“Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Resistance and Lebanon are ready to meet any conditions, and we hope that the enemies of the nations of the region will change their course and instead walk beside regional states in cooperation. Insofar as the Zionist regime threatens Lebanon and Syria and prominent personalities of these two countries every day, it must accept its end and grant in their entirety the rights of the Palestinian nation.”

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via Informed Comment: Ahmadinejad once again fails to call for the annihilation of Israel, despite what you heard on CNN

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Israeli Ambassador: Iran & Syria Calling For The Annihilation Of Israel

MoxNewsDotCom
February 26, 2010

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from the archives:

Iran’s President Did Not Say “Israel must be wiped off the map” By Arash Norouzi (2007)

Myth of Iran wiping Israel off the map dispelled (interview with Ahmadinejad)

Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to “wipe Israel off the map.”

3 thoughts on “Ahmadinejad once again fails to call for the annihilation of Israel, despite what you heard on CNN by Juan Cole

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  3. This might be a good time for Cole to stop “catapulting the propaganda” about the election in Iran, since the demonizing of Iran over that election is one of the key factors in the push towards war and in the uptick of Israel support in US polls. I’m glad to see Cole come out against dishonest propaganda; let him take the next step and discontinue his own dishonest propaganda.

    And no, I’m not defending the brutal and authoritarian regime in Iran. I’m talking about the demonization of Iran that paves the way to war.

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