Speaking in New York today, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel will be "eliminated." Ahmadinejad made the remarks to reporters. He's in New York in for the United Nations General Assembly.
"Fundamentally we do not take seriously the threats of the Zionists," Ahmadinejad told reporters, according to Reuters. "We have all the defensive means at our disposal and we are ready to defend ourselves."
On Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Ahmadinejad and warned him of the dangers of incendiary rhetoric in the Middle East.
Ahmadinejad did not heed the warning and, speaking to reporters through an interpreter, alluded to his previous rejection of Israel's right to exist.
"Iran has been around for the last seven, 10 thousand years. They (the Israelis) have been occupying those territories for the last 60 to 70 years, with the support and force of the Westerners. They have no roots there in history," he said, referring to the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
"We do believe that they have found themselves at a dead end and they are seeking new adventures in order to escape this dead end. Iran will not be damaged with foreign bombs," Ahmadinejad said.
"We don't even count them as any part of any equation for Iran. During a historical phase, they (the Israelis) represent minimal disturbances that come into the picture and are then eliminated," Ahmadinejad added.