CBNNews.com - ROME, Italy - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his call for Israel's end, labeling the Jewish state a "fabricated regime" that will disappear.
Ahmadinejad is attending a United Nations summit in Rome on rising food prices worldwide.
Upon arrival, the Iranian president launched into his normal Israel-bashing, telling reporters that Europe is bearing the brunt politically and economically of the "false Zionist regime."
"I do not believe that my declarations create problems," said the fiery little leader. "People like my comments because this way the public can save themselves from the imposition of the Zionists," he said.
"European peoples have suffered the greatest damage from Zionists and today the costs of this false regime, be they political or economic costs, are on Europe's shoulders," he said.
Israel is "doomed to go," Ahmadinejad said, with or without Iranian involvement.
Later Italy's public television station, RAI, reported that Ahmadinejad's name was dropped from the guest list of the summit's closing event.
Italian Premier Silvio Berlucconi and Foreign Minister Franco Frattini refused to meet with him since Iran doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist.
According to YNet news, Ahmadinejad has had no official meetings with any delegates from Western nations. More than 30 countries are represented at the summit.
Ahmadinejad's request for a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI was also refused, though the Vatican issued a disclaimer saying it had declined all requests to meet with the pope during the summit.
Source: YNet news