September 24, 2012 / 1:36 PM / 7 years ago

Ahmadinejad says Israel has 'no roots' in Middle East history

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israel has “no roots” in the history of the Middle East and represents a disturbance for Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday.

Ahmadinejad said Iran has been around for thousands of years, but Israel has existed for only 60 or 70 years. He said that for a certain “historical phase” Israel represents a disturbance for Iran and “they are then eliminated.”

“They (Israel) have no roots there in history,” Ahmadinejad told reporters in New York, where he is due to attend the U.N. General Assembly. “They do not even enter the equation for Iran.”

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Will Dunham

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