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Iranian Leader Nixes Israel Ties

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/iranian_leader_nixes_israel_ties_20050701

Few people in Israel expected a positive turnaround in Iran, but the election of hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic republic has raised eyebrows among even the more pessimistic pundits. Even before giving his first media conference, the fundamentalist mayor of Tehran made clear there would be no new tack toward Israel. "I will strive to expand relations with everyone, with the exception of Israel," he told the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, Sunday. That was no surprise in itself, as political leaders in Iran must parrot the policies of the religious clerics.

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