Ahmadinejad's: "Wipe Israel off the Map" Quote DiscussionSubmitted by PsychoWorld on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:53
We all have heard of this familiar saying "Ahmadinejad has said he would wipe Israel off the map"
I have heard of many media talking heads repeating this whether in interviews, or "news" or something else.
Now I have heard of that this is a misquote and that it's a quote, the question is, where did the original quote come from?
No matter how much I searched, I couldn't find a video showing him saying that, or that it's out of context.
So I searched it up, and apparently the speech that led to the media outrage was recorded in 2005, according to New York Times.(http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/30/weekinreview/30iran.html?p...)
Who could believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we have seen its fall during our lives and it collapsed in such a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes.
Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world. But we must be aware of tricks.
So right there we can see that he did in fact refer to the "eastern empire" AKA the Soviet Union and Saddam. Both countries which he implies to have been immortal but collapsed, as in Saddam's Case, he thought Saddam during his reign would never be removed from the position.
And we can also see that he was in fact quoting Ayatollah Khomeini, not his own opinion that Israel should be attacked.
And from his later interviews, he has stated that he has been misinterpreted by the western media...
I have no idea whether the quote I cited IS the quote, but if you found other origins to this "Wipe Israel off the map" saying, please post it here. Or the transcript of his speech where it's translated that he said it would vanish from the pages of time.