Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a “filthy germ” and a “savage beast.”
Speaking of Hezbollah terrorist chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated last week, Ahmadinejad said Israel was behind the death of this “righteous man.”
“The West created a dark and filthy germ known as the Zionist regime, which has attacked the countries of the region like a savage beast,” the Iranian president said in a televised speech.
Israel has denied involvement in Mughniyeh’s assassination.
The remarks are the latest in a series of verbal attacks on Israel by Iranian officials. On Monday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying, “In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous germ of Israel by the powerful and competent hands of the Hezbollah combatants.” Also this week, Iran’s foreign minister said Israel still lacked legitimacy 60 years after its founding.
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