The Iranian president said on Friday there will be no room for Israel in the region after the formation of a Palestinian state. According to him, once the Palestinian state is established, the liberation of all Palestinian lands should follow.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at a Tehran ceremony following nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day. "Do not assume you will be boosted with a (U.N.) recognition of a Palestinian state," Ahmadinejad said, addressing Israel. "There is no room for you in the region."
"Recognition of a Palestinian state is the first step in the liberation of the entire Palestine," he added.
Ahmadinejad also urged the West to stop supporting Israel. "You (the West) and the Zionist regime will have no base in the Middle East," he warned, and dismissed the West's support for a two-state solution as a tactic meant "to save" Israel.
The Iranian leader also said Israel was created on lies and added, "the Zionist regime is the axis of unity among all thieves and criminals of the world."
Ahmadinejad urged rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to form as strong, unified state and not "consider it sufficient to have minor and weak governments in a small area."