In a speech to a pro-Palestinian rally, Mr. Ahmadinejad called confrontation with “the Zionist regime” a “national and religious duty,” news reports said.
Several reports quoted him as saying the Holocaust was false pretext for the establishment of Israel in 1948. “It is a lie” based on an unprovable and “mythical claim,” he was quoted as saying.
Mr. Ahmadinejad said the Israeli “regime has no future. Its life has come to an end,” Reuters reported.
Mr. Ahmadinejad made similar remarks after his first election as president in 2005. But, coming only days before scheduled talks between his government and western powers, his latest denial of the Holocaust seemed likely to cast a cloud over those discussions.
The talks are expected to take place on Oct. 1. In addition to the United States, the discussions will involve Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Possible locations for a meeting include Geneva, Vienna and Istanbul, according to a senior State Department official.
I think it’s pretty clear that those talks won’t go anywhere, don’t you ?