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Iran's leader calls Israel a 'cancer' 

Fox News Wednesday, 4 March 2009

TEHRAN ˜ Iran's leader said on Wednesday that President Barack
Obama is pursuing the same "wrong path" as his predecessor
George W. Bush in supporting Israel and described the Jewish
state as a "cancerous tumor."

The comments by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are likely
to frustrate the new US administration which has been seeking to
engage Iran but has called on Tehran to "unclench its fist."

"Even the new president of America, who has come to power with
slogans about changing Bush's policies, is defending state terrorism
by talking about unconditional commitment to Israel's security,"
Reuters reported Khamenei said at a conference on the Palestinian
issue in Tehran.

"Another big mistake is to say that the only way to save the
Palestinian nation is by negotiations," Khamenei said.

"Negotiations with whom? With an occupying and bullying regime,
who does not believe in any other principle other than force? ...
Or negotiations with America and Britain who committed the biggest
sin in creating and supporting this cancerous tumor ... ?" he added.

"The way to salvation [for Palestinians] is standing firm and resisting,"
the supreme leader said.

Holocaust myth a big lie

Khamenei also said the Holocaust® was used to "usurp" Palestinian
land and said the West and Israel showed the weakness of their cause
by not allowing anyone to question the Holocaust®.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who previously drew fury from the
West by saying the Holocaust® was a "myth," told the conference:
"The story of the Holocaust®, a nation without a homeland and
a homeland without a nation ... are the big lies of our era."

"The continuation of the Zionist regime even on one inch of the land
of Palestine, because of the nature of that regime, means the
continuation of crime, occupation, threat and insult to the nations,"
Reuters reported Ahmadinejad as saying.

The remarks came after the US on Tuesday joined other major world
powers in urging Iran to curb its nuclear program, in a statement
notable for its moderate language and for its commitment to
diplomacy to defuse the atomic standoff.

Diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation
board meeting said they could not remember such a joint statement
from Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the three big European powers
in Vienna. The statement urged Tehran to heed UN Security Council
demands to limit its nuclear activities and thereby reduce fears it
was trying to make atomic arms.