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Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’

 
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04/18/2012 09:10 AM
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Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’
We'll there you go. How long before he gets sacked from his job?

In a reminder that Persian rhetoric is not always easy for English-speakers to interpret, a senior Israeli official has acknowledged that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never actually said that Israel “must be wiped off the map.”

Those words were attributed to Mr. Ahmadinejad in 2005, in English translations of his speech to a “World Without Zionism” conference that October. As my colleague Ethan Bronner reported the next year, one problem was translating a metaphorical turn of phrase in Persian that has no exact English equivalent — there was, for instance, no mention of a map. More important, closer readings of the phrase suggested that the original statement was less of a threat than a prediction.


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Re: Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’
In a reminder that Persian rhetoric is not always easy for English-speakers to interpret, a senior Israeli official has acknowledged that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never actually said that Israel “must be wiped off the map.”
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Then why did Iran's own news agency publish it that way in the news and on the president's website? It was the Iranians themselves who published the first English translation and it spread from there, word for word.

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