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Ahmadinejad: U.S. must choose between Israel, Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the United States must choose between Israel and Iran.

In remarks Wednesday during a speech in Turkey, Ahmadinejad called on Obama to make a big decision about which country he will support, the official state Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

"The support of both Israel and Iran can’t go hand in hand," he reportedly said. "No change is made unless great choices are made."

Ahmadinejad said he would not "clasp hands" in friendship with the United States if it continued to support Israel.

The Irani leader was addressing the 25th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Meanwhile, the United States during a session Tuesday of the U.N. Security Council accused Iran of shipping illegal weapons to Hezbollah. The more than 300 tons of weapons were discovered Nov. 4 by the Israeli Navy last week on a German-owned ship that originated in Iran and was heading to Syria and Lebanon.

Syria called the charges "outrageous lies" and accused Israel of international piracy.

Israel filed a formal complaint last week with the United Nations.
 

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