Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – selected quotes

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - selected quotes

Selected quotes calling for and/or approving of an anticipated destruction of Israel


“Everywhere [Zionists] exist there is war. They are responsible for much of the injustice in the world. The Zionists are a minority which numbers no more than a few tens of thousands, but they have formed clandestine organisations, because they do not want peace and friendship to prevail among the nations… They thrive on war and hatred. If peace prevails in the world, the people of the world will eradicate Zionism. If the nations could have acted [freely], they would have thrown them out of Europe.”
Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), August 28, 2007  

“[Israel] is the standard-bearer of aggression, occupation, and discrimination in the world. Considering all this, [how] can this regime [possibly] last?”
Keyhan, August 19, 2007  

Israel is “Satan’s standard-bearer.”
Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), August 18, 2007  

“The nations will soon see the fall of the criminal Zionist regime and America.”
IRNA, January 2, 2007  

Israel “was established in order to swallow up the entire region, and to place it at the disposal of the world forces… The existence of this regime [i.e. Israel] has been based on military threat, on military strength, and on its myth of invincibility. Today, by the grace of God, this myth has been shattered, with the help of the believers in Palestine, and thanks to the self-sacrifice and the belief of the Hezbollah commanders. Today, the Zionists do not feel safe, not even in their homes, [or] anywhere in the world.”
Jaam-e Jam 1 TV, October 20, 2006  

“They have no boundaries, limits or taboos when it comes to killing human beings. Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians. Next to them, all the criminals of the world seem righteous.”
IRINN, August 1, 2006  

“They [i.e. Zionists] should know that they are nearing the last days of their lives.”
Iranian News Channel (IRINN), July 28, 2006  

“Arrogant powers have set up a base for themselves to threaten and plunder nations in the region,” said Ahmadinejad. “But today, the occupier regime [i.e. Israel] whose philosophy is based on threats, massacre and invasion has reached its finishing line.”
BBC News, July 25, 2006  

“Today, it has been proven that the Zionists are not opposed only to Islam and the Muslims. They are opposed to humanity as a whole. They want to dominate the entire world. They would even sacrifice the Western regimes for their own sake. I have said in Tehran, and I say it again here – I say to the leaders of some Western countries: Stop supporting these corrupt people. Behold, the rage of the Muslim peoples is accumulating. The rage of the Muslim peoples may soon reach the point of explosion. If that day comes, they must know that the waves of this explosion will not be restricted to the boundaries of our region. They will definitely reach the corrupt forces that support this fake regime.”
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), July 11, 2006  

“We say that this fake regime [i.e. Israel] cannot logically continue to live.”
Al-Jazeera, April 25, 2006  

“Sixty years later, [Germans] are still held prisoner by a handful of people, who themselves had planned all the events of that era. Now they say that no one is allowed to talk about or research this event. Why not research it? … Why should a small handful of people ignite the entire world, merely in order to fill their pockets? Why?”
Iranian News Channel, April 24, 2006  

“Imam [Khomeini] said: ‘This regime that is occupying Quds [i.e. Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.’ This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an issue on which we can compromise… Very soon this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will be purged from the centre of the Islamic world – and this is attainable… This will be a short period, and if we pass through it successfully, the process of the elimination of the Zionist regime will be smooth and simple.”
A World Without Zionism conference,’ October 26, 2005  

“As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.”
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), October 26, 2005  

“There is no doubt that the new wave of attacks in Palestine will erase this stain from the face of Islam.”
Ha’aretz November 29, 2005, reproduced in Referral of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Charge of Incitement to Genocide