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ICC NOTE: Pray for Christians in the Middle East that often bear the brunt of attacks when situations like the escalation between Israel and Palestine occur.

Iran ’s President Warns of Islamic “Explosion”

July 7, 2006 – TEHRAN , Iran (AP) – Iran ’s hard-line president warned Friday that continued Israeli strikes against Palestinians could lead to an Islamic “explosion” targeting Israel and its Western supporters.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital, Tehran , to condemn the strikes in the Gaza Strip that Israel ’s supporters could be the target of revenge by Muslims.

“They should not let things reach a point where an explosion occurs in the Islamic world,” he said. “If an explosion occurs, then it won’t be limited to geographical boundaries. It will also burn all those who created ( Israel ) over the past 60 years,” he said.

Ahmadinejad once again questioned Israel ’s right to exist.

Ahmadinejad, who last year called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” has repeatedly voiced fiery rhetoric against the Jewish state. Iran supports – and has varying degrees of influence on – Islamic militant groups in the region including Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Islamic republic also is locked in a standoff with Western nations, over its purportedly peaceful nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies suspect is camouflage for developing an atomic bomb.