Holocaust remarks seen as Iran leader’s anti-Israel strategy
By The Associated Press – 12/18/05
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Remarks by Iran’s hard-line president that the Holocaust was a ‘‘myth’’ and Israel should be ‘‘wiped off the map’’ are not just wild comments by a novice leader, but part of a strategy to keep anti-Israel sentiment alive in the Middle East, analysts said Saturday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose comments have drawn international condemnation is also trying to revive the radical fervor of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution after eight years of rule by a more moderate Iranian government.

‘‘The man is still living in 1979 and believes Iran represents a revolution more than just a state,’’ said Mustafa Alani, director of security studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. ‘‘He believes (verbally) attacking Israel, which was a key principle of the revolution, will serve Iranian interests in the region more than polite, rational policies.’’