'Israel planning war next spring'

Ahmadinejad reportedly warns Jewish state will be "finished" if it starts a war.

February 16, 2010 19:49
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Ahmadinejad speaks in Teheran.

ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit: AP)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed on Tuesday that Israel was mulling starting a war "next spring or summer" but has yet to make a final decision, AFP reported.

"According to information we have they (Israel) are seeking to start a war next spring or summer, although their decision is not final yet," Ahmadinejad said, without specifying who Israel allegedly planned to attack.

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"But the resistance and regional states will finish them if this fake regime does anything again," the Iranian leader reportedly warned.

Ahmadinejad's remarks come several days after it was reported that he told Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel "must be resisted" and "finished off once and for all" if it launches a military operation in the Middle East.

"We have reliable information ... that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for its ridiculous defeats by the people of Gaza and Lebanon's Hizbullah," Ahmadinejad told his Syrian counterpart in a phone conversation last Wednesday evening, according to IRIB, Iran's state broadcaster.

"If the Zionist regime repeats its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all," Ahmadinejad reportedly asserted, according to a Reuters translation.

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