by
Simon Tisdall
Tuesday December 20, 2005
The Guardian

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hostile jibes at Israel have caused almost universal offence. But Iran-watchers are divided over whether the president’s statements mark a dangerous shift in Tehran’s international outlook or form part of an internal power struggle.
Mr Ahmadinejad’s threat “to wipe Israel off the map” should be taken seriously, said Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel working at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “Should Israel be satisfied that he scored an own goal, further isolating Iran?” he asked. “The answer to my mind is clearly no.” MORE.