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Iranian Leader Says Israel Fading Away

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (RFE/RL) December 2, 2006 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has told Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah that Israel is "on the slope of disappearance."

The official IRNA new agency also quotes Ahmadinejad as telling Haniyah that the "struggles of the Palestinian people have more success every day."

Neither Iran nor Haniyah's ruling Islamist Hamas faction recognize Israel.

Ahmadinejad talked to Haniyah on the sidelines of the opening ceremonies of the Asian Games in Doha on December 1.


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