Ahmadinejad Says Israel to Be 'Removed Soon'

Iranian president's comments meant to reassure hardliners
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 2:07 PM CDT
In a posting today on his website, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel is a "germ of corruption" that will be "removed soon."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel “a germ of corruption” to be “removed soon” in comments on his presidential website today, the AP reports. While the outburst is nothing new for the Iranian leader, the posts were probably meant to reassure hawks enraged by the vice president’s comments last week that Iranians are “friends of all people in the world—even Israelis.”