WASHINGTON: Cuba’s Fidel Castro criticised Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and said in an interview Tehran should acknowledge Israel’s fears for its own survival, the Atlantic said on Wednesday.
The Iranian government should understand that the Jews “were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God,” Castro was quoted as saying in the magazine’s website.
Castro delivered his defence of the Jews in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote a widely noted piece in Atlantic’s September edition exploring the likelihood of an Israeli air strike on Iran’s nuclear facility within the next year.
In his blog on Wednesday, Goldberg said he was summoned to Havana to meet Castro to discuss the article and that the Cuban leader told him it confirmed his own fears that a US-Israeli war with Iran was inevitable.
Over the course of a five-hour discussion, Castro criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and argued that the cause of peace would be better served if Iran came to terms with why Israelis fear for their nation’s existence.