In what is the most direct challenge to Europe for its support of the State of Israel, Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said Europe "could get hurt". Nothing this pointed has been said before by any Arab leader.
The comments were made Friday during protests on what Iran calls "Jerusalem Day". Here is part of the article in the Times of London:
Describing Israel's leaders as a "bunch of terrorists", he issued America and its Western allies with an ultimatum. Unless the West distanced itself from the Jewish state, he predicted that the Middle East would "take revenge".
"You should believe that this regime [Israel] cannot last and has no more benefit to you," he said. "What benefit have you got in supporting this regime, except the hatred of the nations? We have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away but you are the neighbours of the nations in this region.
"We inform you that the nations are like an ocean that is welling up, and if a storm begins, the dimensions will not stay limited to Palestine, and you may get hurt."