Iran’s Presidentarrived in United States to attend the annual UN General Assembly and spoke with news editors and media executives in New York. He called Israel a nuclear-armed "fake regime" and dismissed threats of military attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities.
Ahmadinejad slammed Israel, saying it was safeguarded by the US. His remarks resulted in Israel's U.N. ambassador’s walk out of a high-profile U.N. summit Monday about promotion of the rule of law.
The Iranian president also argued that Iran’s nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes and that Tehran does not fear a potential military strike from Israel.
During the extensive meeting with the media people, Ahmadinejad also explained what he suggested when he voiced that Israel should be "wiped off" the map. He went on to speak on a variety of subjects including the Holocaust and homosexuality.
Ahmadinejad also alleged that the United States and some other countries were abusing freedom of speech. Besides, he said the US government was staying away from condemning the insult of religions and “divine prophets,” a clear hint to the Muslim world’s rage over the recent anti-Islam film made by a US citizen.
"If a group comes and occupies the United States of America, destroys homes while women and children are in those homes, incarcerate the youth of America, impose five different wars on many neighbors, and always threaten others, what would you do? What would you say? Would you help it? ... Or would you help the people of the United States?" Ahmadinejad asked in response to whether Israel should be "wiped off" the face of the map, according to CNN. "So when we say 'to be wiped,' we say for occupation to be wiped off from this world.”
The Iranian leader declined to comment when asked if he would agree with a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue. However; he said Israel has no place in the Middle East and that Iran has existed for thousands of years whereas Israel has been around only for the last sixty years.
The discussion was controversial at times, chiefly when the subject of the historical Nazi Germany massacre of the Jews turned in. It is pertinent to mention here that the Iranian president has repeatedly questioned the reality of the Holocaust.
Ahmadinejad said he passes no judgment about history and that he defends human freedom, saying researchers and academicians should be free to study historical events and validate what is right.
When asked about his opinion on homosexuality, the Iranian leader said it does not result in birth and that it halts procreation, saying if some people don’t like you doing or believing in ugly things and don’t accept your ugly behavior, this never means that they are denying you freedom.