Note: In 1948, approximately 856,000 Jewish citizens from Arab states were forced from their homes , in many cases their personal and communal assets were seized. Around two-thirds settled in Israel, and the rest went elsewhere, mostly to France, the United States and Canada.
The Iranian president further stated that Israel was not as useful for “its masters” – apparently a reference to the United States and Europe – as it was at its inception. Calling Jews who immigrated to Israel before or after 1948 “the most criminal people in the world,” he stated that it was now clear that there was no regime more hated than Israel.
“They think in their underdeveloped minds that if they launch another war against Lebanon or Syria it might help them survive a little longer. I am telling them that you are in a situation now that more aggressions or wars will not save you,” Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
Echoing a Wednesday speech in which he accused the US of creating the terrorist movement it now seeks to defeat in Afghanistan, Ahmadinejad said NATO forces were deploying troops to the region intending to “seize the oil in Iraq and the Persian Gulf.”
“I must tell you that the young generation of the Middle East will cut your hands off from the oil reserves of the Persian Gulf,” the Iranian president cautioned.