Iranian leader lashes out at Israel

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president is lashing out at Israel ahead of his appearance at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran today, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Jewish state will not survive, even if it gives up land for a Palestinian state.

Making reference to the abandoned concept of a "Greater" Israel that would include land Palestinians want for a future state, the hard-line leader smirked and said "the idea of lesser Israel has expired, too."

Ahmadinejad repeated previous anti-Israel comments, calling the Holocaust a "fake" and saying that Israel is perpetrating a holocaust on the Palestinian people.

He also dismissed allegations that Iran is trying to make nuclear arms, saying the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency has "no right" to consider documents provided by the U.S. alleging Tehran sought to make an atomic bomb. Ahmadinejad says Iran's nuclear program is only for electricity production.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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