Iran’s deranged president has apparently reiterated his call for the destruction of Israel:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, cheered by thousands of supporters, signalled on Friday he stood by his call for Israel to be wiped off the map, while Iran’s foreign ministry sought to defuse a diplomatic storm.
Israel said it would request an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council over the comments, which have drawn the condemnation of the West and Tehran’s ally Russia.
Iranians chanting “death to Israel” and “death to America”, converged from nine points in the Iranian capital for a rally attended by most of Iran’s top officials. Some protesters set fire to or trampled on Israeli and U.S. flags.
Ahmadinejad took a short walk in the crowd, rallying in support of his comments that the Islamic world could not tolerate the Jewish state in its heartland. He said Western criticism carried no weight.
“My words are the Iranian nation’s words,” he told the official IRNA news agency, when asked if he had a message for the world.
“Westerners are free to comment, but their reactions are invalid.”