Iran vows 'crushing response' to attack by U.S., Israel
By The Associated Press
Ahmadinejad: Europe created Israel to complete Holocaust
Ahmadinejad, who once said that the attempt to eradicate Jews in the Holocaust was "myth," has now charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing Israel, a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries.
The latest in a series of anti-Semitic comments by the Iranian leader in the past few months comes on the heels of Iran's announcement it has developed equipment to separate uranium from its ore - a piece of equipment other countries were reluctant to sell to Iran because the machinery can be used in the process of making nuclear weapons.
"Don't you think that continuation of genocide by expelling Jews from Europe was one of [the Europeans'] aims in creating a regime of occupiers of [Jerusalem]?" the official Islamic Republic News agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
"Isn't that an important question?"
Ahmadinejad said Europeans had decided to create a "Jewish camp" as the best means for ridding the continent of Jews and said the camp, Israel, now enjoyed support from the United States and Europe in what he termed the slaughter of Muslims.
Last month, Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany killed six million Jews, was a myth. After global outrage over the comments, he said that Europeans, if they persisted in reality of the slaughter, should cede some of their territory for a Jewish state.
In October, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
The fiery Iranian president said anti-Semitic sentiment was a strong and long-term European tradition while Jews had lived peacefully among Muslim for centuries.