"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