What President Ahmadinejad Actually Said About Israel and Iran's
Full text of President's Ahmadinejad address
Republic News Agency" -- -- The following is
the first part of the full text of the President of the Islamic
Revolution, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address at the opening session
of the Third International Qods Conference supporting the rights
of the Palestinian people is as follows:
In the Name of God, the Almighty
Dear Scholars and Thinkers;
Honorable Speakers and Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the people and the government of the Islamic
Republic of Iran I would like to welcome you and also express my
own thanks and appreciation for your presence at this
conference. I hope your blessed and fruitful presence in this
conference will take pressure off and lighten hardship and the
inconvenience of your journey from countries far and near.
Fortunately, the timing of the conference concurs and falls
together with the anniversary birth of our great prophet. This
augurs well and is a very auspicious concurrence.
Prophet of Islam is the messenger of compassion, mercy, justice
and human dignity. He is source and center of unity for
believers in God and all Muslims. Our prophet is the harbinger
of peace and global harmony on the basis of oneness of God and
justice. Our beloved prophet wants the good of the entire
humanity, is the pinnacle of human perfection and inheritor of
the goodness of all divine prophets.
I wish to seize this opportunity to offer my sincerest
felicitations on the occasion of the anniversary of this
auspicious birth to the honorable participants in this meeting,
to all Muslims and to the entire humanity.
Excellencies, Dear Sisters and Brothers
The question of Palestine has been the foremost preoccupation of
the people of the region and Muslim ummah for the past sixty
This is a wound that has been inflicted by the Zionist occupiers
upon the nations of the region, Muslims and especially the
Palestinian people. This is an agonizing and heart-rending pain
that will not disappear easily.
At this time, I would like to mention some of the costs to our
region because of the imposition of this regime:
The existence of the Zionist regime is tantamount to imposition
of an unending and unrestrained threat so that none of the
nations and Islamic countries of the region and beyond can feel
secure from its threat. The closer these nations are to the
epicenter of this threat, the more threatened they feel. The
people of Palestine are at the very core of such a threat. They
have not been able to spend a day with peace of mind for the
past sixty years. Three generations of sons and daughters of
Palestinians have lived and are presently living under these
circumstances. The peoples of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and
the entire Middle East are essentially under similar situation.
Wastage of Immense Resources of the Region and the Muslim Ummah
As a result of the presence of the usurp Zionist regime in the
region, enormous wealth and assets of the Islamic countries of
the region are spent for maintaining defensive strength, and at
times for actual defense. In addition, an important part of the
human resources, which are the principle assets of any nation,
is expended for the same purpose.
Insult to Dignity of the Faithful and Believers
The existence of the Zionist regime is a threat to the dignity
of the Muslim ummah, the believers and the faithful. In
accordance with the noble verse from the Holy Koran, the
domination of such a regime over the Muslim ummah that reside in
the occupied territories and the region is contrary to the
consent of the Almighty.
By its unending killings, destruction of homes and farms,
encroaching upon sacred places, mosques and churches,
unrelenting assaults on residential and non-residential places
and targeted assassinations, this regime not only humiliates and
disgraces Palestinian people, but also tramples upon the pride
and dignity of all Muslims and freedom-loving people of the
How long can this situation last and be tolerated? When Imam
Ali, Commander of the Faithful, heard that an anklet was
forcefully removed from the the feet of a Jewish woman by the
invaders in one of the frontier cities under his rule, he said,
"If a man dies from grief because of this act, he should not be
Today, even the children are not spared and are targeted by
Palestinian men and women are abducted and tortured in their
People are shot dead in schools, on the streets and at markets.
Does this situation and scenes of atrocity befit the dignity and
pride if humanity?
SOWING SEEDS OF DISUNITY IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND AMONG NATIONS
OF THE REGION
The foundation of the continued existence of this usurper regime
is on sowing disunity among the nations and governments of the
By their insidious interferences and by creating an atmosphere
of mistrust and resentment, they separate and divide countries
and governments of region.
Under this atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust they are able to
establish covert liaison, impose costly military and economic
and enforce the disgraceful political arrangements of the
domineering powers on nations and governments of the region.
The Zionist regime is the focal and meeting point for bullying
powers and adversaries of the Muslim ummah.
Our enemies and ill-wishers are putting pressures on countries,
nations of the region and Muslim ummah by strengthening and
supporting this threat and despite all their deep differences
they become united when the time comes to encounter this region.
In fact, it is through Qods occupying regime that the
domineering powers tend to impose their wishes on the Muslim
This regime acts as a proxy and assumes the responsibility on
behalf of bullying powers for acts of terror, creating disunity
and division and sabotaging political, economic and cultural
relations between the countries of the region and with other
nations of the world.
PREVENTING THE PROGRESS AND ADVANCEMENT OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES The
bullying powers use different excuses to prevent transfer of
science and technology and progress of the nations of our
They regard our advancement as a threat to the corrupt Zionist
regime. They do not allow the countries of the region to tread
on the path to progress and advancement.
They even oppose indigenous technologies in the Islamic
countries and interpret any scientific advancement as a threat
to the security of Qods occupier regime.
You can see how they treat our nation that has been able to have
access to nuclear technology by relying on the innovations and
creative minds of its own scientists.
Nuclear technology is one of the primary foundations for
progress and serving the people, and in not too distant future,
nations without this technology will have no choice but to
resort to it in order to meet their growing energy needs and to
use it for other scientific and economic purposes.
OFFENDING SANCTITIES AND DESTRUCTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
Offending the sanctity of al Aqsa mosque and demographic and
physical alterations of Qods and al Aqsa mosque that are
respected by all followers of divine monotheistic religions are
the consequences of the Zionist occupation which has damaged
these institutions and monotheism and precious heritage of
HOMELESSNESS OF INNOCENT PALESTINIANS
The homelessness of millions of Palestinian refugees and their
forces displacement from their fatherland is a pain and
brutality that cannot be explained in words.
EXCELLENCIES, DISTINGUISHED PARLIAMENTARIANS AND DEAR SISTERS
What I just briefly referred to are some of the dire
consequences of the continued existence of this fictitious
The question is: What is the philosophy and reasoning behind
establishment and imposition of such a regime by certain Western
Some Western powers admit that they have killed a large part of
Jewish population in Europe and founded the occupied regime in
order to put right the wrong they had committed.
With deference to all nations and followers of divine religions,
we are asking if this atrocity is true, then why the people of
the region should pay for it by occupation of Palestinian lands
and unending suppression of Palestinian people, by homelessness
of millions of Palestinians, by destruction of their cities and
rural areas and agricultural lands.
Why should they pay by fire, bullets and imposition of forces?
And why should they pay by tolerating occupation of Islamic
lands? Are the consequences of the establishment of this regime
less than the Holocaust you are claiming?
If there are doubts regarding the Holocaust, there is really no
doubt regarding Palestinian disaster and Holocaust. The
Holocaust in Palestine has persisted for more than sixty years.
EXCELLENCIES, DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS
The bitter truth is that the vast Zionist network has been at
the service of the bullying powers for decades.
The Zionist regime is serving these powers to expand their
domination and supremacy, and some weaker Western nations have
succumbed to the pressures of the Zionists.
Today, it is not only the Palestinians the Islamic world that
are affected by the Zionist threats, but also a large part of
economic and political interests of the people in the West are
also hostage by the Zionists.
I regret to say that governments under the influence of the
Zionists in some European countries are making key positions and
posts, financial, industrial and agricultural resources
available to them for the sake of consolidating the pillars of
They are prepared to sacrifice the freedom, dignity and honor of
their citizens under the feet of the Zionists.
There is much to say regarding this matter that I will hopefully
share with European people in due time.
The question of Palestine is not solely a question for the
Muslim world. Today, the entire world is affected by it.
The tragedy of occupation in Palestine and daily atrocities has
harmed the dignity and honor of humanity.
How can any free-minded people condone what is happening in the
occupied territories? There have been many Palestinian people
that have passed away yearning for return to their homes.
And there are many Palestinian children who are living with the
dream of returning to Palestine.
What should be done? And how should we move forward?
"Excellencies, Distinguished Sisters and Brothers
"Peace and harmonious relations can only be based on towhid,
human dignity and justice. Oppressions and aggressions are not
compatible with human dignity and justice. The Zionist regime is
a clear example of oppression and its fundamental nature
represents actual and permanent threat. The very purpose behind
establishment of this regime was to put in place a permanent
threat in the region. Therefore, the continued existence of this
regime is premised on the persistence of this threat. It will
have no existence without threat and aggression and it is not
inherently capable to survive in an atmosphere of peace and
tranquility. Even if it manages to remain in one square meter of
the Palestinian land, it will continue to be a threat to the
"Take a good look at the bullying powers of the world. When it
comes to supporting the Zionist regime, they recognize no red
line and boundaries for justice, human rights and human dignity.
The usurper Zionist regime is the meeting point of the
injustices and brutalities of the corrupt bullying powers.
"Only a government chosen by the people can resolve the problem
of Palestine and the people of the region. The right to govern
belongs to all people of Palestine and they must decide the
governing model of their choice and elect their own officials.
"For this purpose, there must be an opportunity for all genuine
Palestinians; be they Muslims, Christians, or Jews, residing in
Palestine or in Diaspora, to participate in a referendum to
decide the political system of their choice and elect their
"In other words, the only rational way which is compatible with
the generally recognized international norms is holding of a
referendum for all genuine Palestinians.
"The supporters of the Zionist regime prefer to remain silent in
face of this reasonable proposition. But I tell them that
regardless of what they desire, the Zionist regime is falling
"The young tree of resistance in Palestine is blooming and
blooms of faith and desire for freedom are flowering.
"The Zionist regime is a decaying and crumbling tree that will
fall with a storm. Today even the inhabitants of the occupied
Palestine, especially the African and Asian settlers are living
in ain, poverty and discontent.
"I tell the governments supporting the Zionist regime to open
the doors to the prisons in the occupied Palestine and allow the
refugees and displaced Palestinians to return to their homeland
and summon the usurpers of the Palestinian lands.
"If you still consider yourself indebted to them, then find a
proper place for them in your own territories, if not call upon
them to return to their countries of origin to live like their
"Ladies and Gentlemen
"Today we are all accountable in facing the question of
Palestine. The enemies of humanity are trying hard to keep this
nest of intrigue. They are using the resources and the wealth of
their people to keep this regime in power at the expense of the
poverty and destitution of their people.
"With the grace of the Almighty, nations of the world--
especially the Muslim nations,-- are awake and are the greatest
supports of the Palestinian people in the struggle against the
"Islamic governments can solve the problem of Palestine by their
unity and solidarity. The parliaments of countries can play an
important role in awakening and forging unity among nations and
by placing the question of Palestine in their permanent agenda.
"The question of Palestine is the present and lasting concern of
not only Muslims, but the entire humanity.
"Palestine is the meeting point of right and wrong. Freedom for
Palestine is the present aspiration of humanity. We must believe
that good will prevail and evil will disappear. We must believe
that Palestine will be free soon.
"A regime based on injustice and threat cannot survive. Today
all conditions for the freedom of Palestine are on hand and
available. Vigilance, unity and resistance are the keys to
The destiny of the region will be decided in the land of Al-Qods
and it will be a great honour to share in the victory of
"I pray to the Almighty for the power and strength of the Muslim
Ummah and the victory of Palestinian people.
"Once again I offer my congratulations on the auspicious birth
of our dear prophet and thank the organizers of this conference.
I thank all the dear guests and brothers and sisters and hope
the results of this conference will be a long step forward in
realizing the noble Palestinian cause."
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