Zionists lead the way to kill Iranian President Ahmadinejad
President Ahmadinejad constantly refers to Israel leaders as "Zionists" as he insists to shake the system and stir the anger amongst angry militant radicals already against Israel. Today, in Iran on a planned meeting, the"Iran's fiery leader" was on his way to deliver a speech in the western city of Hamedan, where he arrived safely and appeared live on state television. The conservative news website Khabar Online had reported that as his motorcade approached the venue, someone threw a homemade grenade in his direction. "The explosion caused a lot of smoke," but no injuries or damage, and one person was arrested, it said. Atta Kenare, AFP / Getty Images Iranian media denies reports that a grenade was thrown at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's convoy Wednesday.
In another early report, an unidentified official from the president's office told Reuters that a homemade bomb exploded about 100 yards from the convoy. The semi-official Fars news agency said a firecracker had been thrown in the president's direction. And Arab satellite TV stations said an attacker threw an explosive device at a car carrying journalists following Ahmadinejad's convoy, and that a number of people were wounded. But Iranian state TV and other government-run media called the reports "false," saying "no such attack took place." The main state IRNA news agency is running a story about Ahmadinejad's speech in Hamedan, without any mention of the convoy incident. Iran's state-run Arabic language TV channel, Al-Alam, reported that a small firecracker was set off by fans cheering for the president. Earlier this week, Ahmadinejad said that "Zionists" have hired mercenaries to assassinate him, Agence France-Presse and the BBC reported. In his speech in Hamedan today, Ahmadinejad said he's interested in a dialogue with the West based on "justice and mutual respect," according to IRNA. The Iranian president offered Tuesday to appear in a televised debate alongside U.S. President Barack Obama. "We are ready to sit down with Mr. Obama face-to-face and put the global issues on the table, man-to-man, freely, and in front of the media and see whose solutions are better," Ahmadinejad said in comments carried by several news agencies. The U.S. and Iran have had no diplomatic ties for more than 30 years, since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and a hostage ordeal at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
"We think this is a better approach," Ahmadinejad said, suggesting he could find room in his schedule for such a debate with Obama when he visits New York next month for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. But a White House spokesman on Tuesday played down Ahmadinejad's offer, saying the U.S. "would be willing to sit down and discuss Iran's illicit nuclear program if Iran is serious about doing that." "To date, that seriousness has not been there," spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. He said Ahmadinejad's offer is proof that new U.N. sanctions against Tehran are working. "Those sanctions are beginning to have an impact, or else the Iranian government would not be changing its position so often about discussing its program," Gibbs said, according to the BBC. Washington and its allies accuse Iran of trying to acquire nuclear technology to build weapons, but Tehran insists its aims are peaceful, to generate electricity and special isotopes for medical purposes.
"We are ready to sit down with Mr. Obama face-to-face and put the global issues on the table, man-to-man, freely, and in front of the media and see whose solutions are better," Ahmadinejad said in comments carried by several news agencies.
Addressing a gathering of Iranians residing abroad on August 2, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed that Israel has hired people to assassinate him.