Ahmadinejad: World changing to favor Palestinians

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
September 4, 2011 11:33

Israel on its way to collapse, Palestinians will always have Tehran's support, Iranian President tells Hamas official Khaled Mashaal.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

World opinion is changing in favor of the Palestinian cause and Israel is on its way to collapse, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told head of Hamas political bureau Khaled Mashaal in a phone conversation on Saturday evening, according to IRNA news agency.

Ahmadinejad also added that Palestinians will always enjoy Iranian support.

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Mashaal expressed gratitude for the support and said that Palestinian resistance will continue until they reach their ultimate goal.

Ahmadinejad's comments echo a statement he made weeks ago
that the creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel.

Restating a position expressed soon after taking office in 2005 that Israel was a "tumor" to be wiped off the map, he urged Palestinians not to settle for a two-state solution that is backed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas but to strive for a complete return of what they consider their land.

"Recognizing the Palestinian state is not the last goal. It is only one step forward towards liberating the whole of Palestine," Ahmadinejad told worshippers at Friday prayers on international Quds Day - an annual show of support for the Palestinian cause.


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