Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday said Israel was an "insult to humanity" and compared the country to a "cancerous tumour" that must be stopped before it spreads.
Ahmadinejad's comments were made to worshippers at Tehran University to mark the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
In Iran, the last Friday of Ramadan, known as Quds, is recognised as a day of protest against Israel in support of Palestinians.
Israel considers Iran a threat. News of possible military strikes against Iran's nuclear programme has recently emerged.
Ahmadinejad said Quds was a day "of unity of all people to remove the Zionist cancerous tumour from society. Today we will oppose the Zionist entity and regime to protect human rights and defend human dignity".