Across the Middle East, Arab politicians, academics and journalists have become increasingly outspoken about their concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program.
They have publicly voiced their opposition to actions and comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
In October 2005, recently elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quoted Ayatollah Khomeini and declared, “As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.”
The complete quote:
"The establishment of Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world," he said, according to the press agency. "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of the war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land."
Referring to comments by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution, Admadinejad said, "As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map." Ahmadinejad's predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, in contrast, proposed a dialogue among civilizations and pursued a policy of détente.
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