Ahmadinejad: Israel Just a 'Mosquito'
Iranian president swats down talk of rising hostilities with Israel
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
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Posted May 13, 2012 7:23 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles after casting his ballot at a polling station in Tehran on May 4, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With talks on Iran's nuclear program hot on next week's agenda, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is swatting down talk of Israeli-Iranian war, comparing the threat posed by his regional rival to so much buzzing from a pest, reports CNN. "Israel is nothing more than a mosquito which cannot see the broad horizon of the Iranian nation," he said yesterday, according to a semi-official state news agency.

Ahmadinejad further blasted war drums as driving "regional states" into unnecessary arms deals with "arrogant and imperial powers"—he named no one in particular, but Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a $60 billion arms deal with the United States. He also suggested Israel could fall—which he is fond of suggesting—if neighboring states cut oil exports.