Following are excerpts from a public address by Ahmad Khatami, member of Iranian Assembly of Experts, which aired on Channel 1 Iranian TV on May 25, 2007:
Ahmad Khatami: The Palestinian cause is the cause of the entire Islamic world, and we cannot stay indifferent to it. In addition, we must say to those who pursue [peace with Israel] that Israel is facing its worst political circumstances. This has been admitted by the Zionist investigation committee, which said it is a dying political corpse. Your peace plan will breathe new life into this dying corpse. In fact, this does Israel a service. Even if you make some progress, and reach an agreement with Israel at the negotiations table, betrayal and violation of agreements is in the nature of the Zionists. They do not remain faithful to any agreement. Dick Cheney, Bush's deputy, said on one of the American destroyers: "the presence of the America destroyers in the Persian Gulf sends a clear message to our friends as well as to our enemies. We will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and all options will be available to us in preventing this." We say to those wicked people who spread corruption throughout the land: You have spread these statements so often that your threats are no more than vomit. These threats are nothing new. When you repeat these lies, you should know that the great people of Iran has all the means at its disposal to punch America in the teeth.
Crowd: Allah Akbar
Khamenei is the leader
Death to America
Ahmad Khatami: We should say to these short-sighted wretches: "You gnat, the land of the [mythical flying creature] Simorgh is not your playing ground.