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Ahmadinejad Says Israel Has Hired People to Assassinate Him

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad speaks during the Great Congress of Iranians Abroad in Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad speaks during the Great Congress of Iranians Abroad in Tehran.
Addressing a gathering of Iranians residing abroad on August 2, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed that Israel has hired people to assassinate him.

"The Zionists have send people to assassinate me. Look how hopeless they are. They [Israelis] have assassinated so many Iranians," Ahmadinejad said.

"What happened? Today every single Iranian is a Rostam, Arash, Siyavash [heroes in Persian mythology] and a brave combatant."

In the same speech Ahmadinejad called on U.S. President Barack Obama to face him in a televised debate about how to solve the world's problems.

There has been no reaction from the Obama administration or Israel to the latest comments by the Iranian president.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: Mahmud Ahmadinejad

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by: Ariely from: Israel
August 04, 2010 17:18
Expect escalation

Arabs/Iran are playing the traditional ME policy of diverting people attention from their problems toward the defending Israel

Arab populations is easily manipulated by leaders against an imaginary enemy

1: Hisbula is expected to be blamed as being involved in Hariri killing?
2: Islamic Iran ideology of world domination is under increasing international pressure? Hisbila- Syria –Hamas to fire on the defending Israel
3:Islamic Iran declaration to destroy Israel
Attack and Blame Israel?? ---- Attack and Blame Israel????
Think once again
Stop being a peon

by: Mouloud from: Sta
August 04, 2010 17:25
Seams stupid, if they would have want hime dead, he would have been since a long time already...

by: Rick from: Houston, Tx.
August 04, 2010 19:03
If Israel would have hired someone to do the job, Ahmadinejad would not be alive right now. His paranoia is Hitlerish.

by: rezvan
August 04, 2010 22:08
Interestingly Ariely's comments are a mirror image of how Muslims perceive bankrupt and corrupt Western political leaders who also need a scapegoat to divert their population's attentions from the fury that is gradually gathering due to their economic mismanagement. At a time when people are faced with an uncertain economic future and having to forego many hard earned rights as well as seeing their pensions decimated.

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