Ahmadinejad: Israel Is a 'Stinking Corpse' Doomed to Disappear

Iranian leader says 'reason for Zionist regime's existence' up for question, as Israel marks its 60th birthday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called Israel a "stinking corpse" which is doomed dissappear, as the state celebrated 60 years of independence.

"Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

"Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation," he said.

Ahmadinejad added that Israel "has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese" - a reference to the 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite Hezbollah militia.

The hardline Iranian leader has made previous comments against Israel reminiscent along the same lines a number of times in recent years.

He has told the West to prepare for Israel's "imminent collapse," said the state was doomed to fail, during an international conference questioning the Holocaust, and on a separate occasion threatened that the state would "be wiped off the map."