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Friday, September 5, 2008

1. President [Ahmadinejad]: Resistance is only path to victory over occupiers
2. Peres: Iran threat should be resolved politically

President[Ahmadinejad]: Resistance is only path to victory over occupiers

TEHRAN (IRNA) [via Tehran Times] -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that resistance is the only way to victory against occupiers and aggressors.

""There is no way but resistance and intellectual and political assault on the Zionist regime. This is the only way of victory,"" said President Ahmadinejad in a meeting with former Lebanese prime minister Omar Karami here on Tuesday.

President Ahmadinejad said that the Zionist regime was established to rule over the world of Islam and the regime had the mission of threatening, occupation, aggression, assassinating and undermining Muslim states. He said that resistance to the Zionist Regime and the bullying powers is a national and Islamic duty of all Muslims.

""Resistance against the Zionist regime is a big lesson taught to mankind by the late Imam Khomeini.""

He said that unity and resistance were the key to victory against the Zionist regime and by God's grace the era of Zionist regime and its supporters has come to an end and signs of their collapse are evident.

He noted that the Zionist regime has not the least base among nations in the region and the world.

""Today, even the U.S. and European governments have come to the conclusion that support for the (Zionist) regime is not to their country's benefit,"" he said.

Enemies are too weak to launch any propagation, said Ahmadinejad, adding that victory of the Lebanese people showed that the Zionist regime is weaker than it seems.

A preliminary unity of the Lebanese people forced Zionists to retreat and if the unity is formed in the region, the Zionists will collapse much sooner than expected, he said.

""Victory belongs to the faithful and we will be with you to the end,"" he declared. Karami said for his part, ""We believe as you do that the Zionist regime was formed in the region to fight Islam and implement the projects that will meet US interests and it is collapsing.""

He said stances of people in certain Arab countries differ with those of their systems.

""Muslim Arab people consider the Zionist regime as their enemy. Lebanon is the smallest Arab country in terms of area and population but through reliance on God and in light of power of faith and will they managed to inflict heaviest damage on the Zionist regime's army,"" he concluded.

Peres: Iran threat should be resolved politically

Peres says he does not support military strike on Iran, adds Tehran's nuclear threat should be addressed through political, economic moves
Ronen Medzini and AP Published: 09.05.08,

Saying 'no' to Iran strike? The Iranian nuclear threat should be resolved politically, rather than militarily, President Shimon Peres said Friday.

Peres, who is currently in Italy, told reporters that the Iran problem will not be resolved militarily, but rather, through political and economic moves. The president added that it is better to act politically or economically as long as such option exists.

"I do not support a military strike against Iran," Peres told a conference in Italy, while urging the world to join forces and impose severe economic sanctions on Tehran. He said Iran was no longer representing its distinguished history, but rather, radicalism and religious fanaticism.

Today, Tehran constitutes a real and existential threat for the entire Middle East and the whole world, Peres added, noting that the vast majority of Arab countries object to the prospect of a nuclear Iran.