It's annoying that Ahmadinejad can't say anything without it being being re-interpreted as "we're going to destroy Israel!" This time it's not even Fox. Reuter's headline: In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be "eliminated"
What he actually said:
"Iran has been around for the last seven, 10 thousand years. They (the Israelis) have been occupying those territories for the last 60 to 70 years, with the support and force of the Westerners. They have no roots there in history," he said, referring to the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
"We do believe that they have found themselves at a dead end and they are seeking new adventures in order to escape this dead end. Iran will not be damaged with foreign bombs," Ahmadinejad said, speaking through an interpreter at his Manhattan hotel.
"We don't even count them as any part of any equation for Iran. During a historical phase, they (the Israelis) represent minimal disturbances that come into the picture and are then eliminated," he added.
While I think he's somewhat full of shit, I don't see anything particularly "disgusting, offensive and outrageous" as our State Department called it.
edit: and I guess nobody ever set up a new Israel thread. For some reason, I feel inadequate to do so.