Ahmadinejad: ‘I Wish to Pray in Jerusalem after Complete Liberation’

by Eliana Johnson

Never shy about sharing his views, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Cairo has sparked a round of colorful commentary from the Iranian president. 

In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram before his departure, Ahmadinejad indicated his desire to visit the Gaza Strip as well as to “pray in Jerusalem after complete liberation,” according to Haaretz. 

Ahmadinejad, who said that Iran already possesses a nuclear weapon, also asserted that the Zionists are attempting to seize the world’s wealth and the levers of power across the globe. “They want to attack Iran, but we’re not preparing any attack against them because the purpose of our program is defense,” he said. In a subsequent interview, however, he argued that Israel’s recent air attack on Syria resulted from Zionist “weakness.” 

Ahmadinejad is in Cairo leading a delegation to a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. His visit is the first by an Iranian president to Egypt since the two nations broke off ties in the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. 

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