Ahmadinejad: US leaders realize Israel is ‘no longer beneficial’
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Ahmadinejad: US leaders realize Israel is ‘no longer beneficial’

Iranian president says he is confident world will be ‘freed’ of Zionists, and warns — in apparent reference to anti-Islam film — of Zionist plot to start war among different religious groups

Then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in front of a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2012 (AP/Vahid Salemi)
Then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in front of a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2012 (AP/Vahid Salemi)

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that the “uncultured” Zionists have reached the end of the line and are thus trying to start a sectarian war among different religious groups, Fars, an Iranian state news agency, reported Saturday.

I am confident that Zionists are on the way out and the world will be freed from their existence and justice will be established,” Ahmadinejad said. “Although Zionists will fail to achieve their goals, all nations should remain vigilant against their plots.”

The Iranian president added that US decision-makers have already come to the understanding that the Zionist regime is “no longer beneficial to them,” adding that the Zionists, who are aware that Washington feels this way, are therefore seeking new ways to disturb the world order.

Ahmadinejad may have been trying to implicate Israel in the new anti-Islam film that spurred violent protests across the Muslim world. The creator of that movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” is an Egyptian Coptic Christian, Nakoula Bassaeley Nakoula.

On Thursday, Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also blasted the US and Israel for being behind the movie about Muhammad.

“The number one suspects in this crime are Zionism and the US. If the American politicians are honest that they had no role, then they must punish those who committed this heinous crime and their financial backers, who have wrenched the hearts of Muslim nations, in proportion to this great crime,” Khamenei said.

Nakoula was questioned on Saturday by federal authorities in Los Angeles, where he currently resides, but he was not arrested or detained.

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