Ahmadinejad at Columbia Promotes Israel's 'Implosion'

Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia typifies the Logic of Implosion, which threatens the existence of the Jewish State not via military or nuclear means, but via De-Legitimization of Israel and promotion of a One-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Iranian rhetoric against the legitimacy of the State of Israel and ongoing Iranian nuclear development have contributed to Israeli perception of Iran as a nuclear-existential threat.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia University in New York typifies the Logic of Implosion, which threatens the existence of the Jewish State not via military or nuclear means, but via non-military means. Ahmadinejad's statements at Columbia indicate the following elements of the Logic of Implosion:

  • Promoting a One-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - "To solve the 60-year problem we must allow the Palestinian people to decide about its future for itself...We must allow Jewish Palestinians, Muslim Palestinians and Christian Palestinians to determine their own fate themselves through a free referendum."

  • Basic De-legitimization of Israel including Holocaust denial - "Why is there not sufficient research that can approach the topic [of the Holocaust] from different perspectives...questioning certain aspects of it, why isn't it open to all forms of research? ...We need to still question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for [the Holocaust] or not...The Palestinian people had no role to play in it. So why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price of an event they had nothing to do with?"

Sources:

  • Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia University, Israel Project, full transcript.