War not necessary to ‘destroy’ Israel – Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad spoke out against his nation’s arch-enemy during a tour of Northeast Iran on Saturday emphasizing that “the destruction of the Zionist regime does not necessitate making war.”
"If countries of the region cut ties with the Zionists and give them dirty looks, it will spell the end of this puppet regime," said the president.
Ahmadinejad is well-known for his aggressive rhetoric towards the Jewish state, having previously branded the country as “a cancerous tumor.”
He also decried other oil-rich Arab states, criticizing them for their lucrative trade agreements with the West and the US. He said that they were foolish to sell off their petrol to “buy 60 billion dollars’ worth of arms."
Tensions have reached boiling point between the two countries recently with Israel trying to win US military support for a strike against Iran.
Both countries believe that Iran is developing atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program. The US and EU have imposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran in an effort to curtail its alleged nuclear weapons research.
One of Israel’s main television stations, Channel 10 news broadcasted on Friday that Israel may launch a military strike on the Islamic Republic of Iran at any time.