At an annual anti-Israel rally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his belief that the Holocaust was a ‘lie’ and said that Israel ‘would not last long.’ His comments come ahead of a meeting with the U.S. on Iran’s nuclear program.
Ahead of an October 1 meeting with the U.S. to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, among other topics, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended an annual anti-Israel rally in Tehran on Friday – vowing that Israel “will not last long.” Ahmadinejad also reiterated his long-standing belief Holocaust was not real – that it was more of a manipulation, or a “pretext,” to allow for the establishment of Israel as it is known today. “It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim,” he said, according to Reuters. Ahmadinejad has been making similar statements on the topic of the Holocaust since his election to office in 2005, and he has received significant international criticism for the remarks. His renewed comments come at a delicate time, as Western nations continue to suspect Iran of building nuclear weapons – and Israel openly demonstrates its willingness to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.