Sunday, April 22, 2012
Meridor: Iran never called to wipe out Israel | Citizens for Legitimate Government
Meridor: Iran never called to wipe out Israel | Citizens for Legitimate Government: Meridor: Iran never called to wipe out Israel --Deputy PM admits Ahmadinejad was misquoted, never said Israel must be wiped off the map 17 Apr 2012 Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Dan Meridor told Al Jazeera that Iran never vowed to "wipe Israel off the map," as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly claimed. Speaking to the Arab network, Meridor, who also serves as deputy PM, said Iran's leaders "all come basically ideologically, religiously with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive." In 2005 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying that Israel should be "wiped off the map," but it was later revealed that the translation of his remarks, published by media outlets around the world, was incorrect. Ahmadinejad was actually quoting the leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution: "The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time."