Fareed Zakaria speaks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about his statements on Israel, his country's nuclear program, and what he thinks about U.S. warnings. To watch the full interview, tune into GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.
I want to ask you if you recognize why people get so nervous by your comments about Israel? Because you're the president of a country. Presidents of countries do not speak like this. They do not speak about the elimination of another member state of the United Nations. They don't speak about wiping it off the map. And when you take that rhetoric and you add to it the fact that Iran is developing a nuclear program, it makes many people, in the United States, outside the United States, worried that the intention of Iran is to use that nuclear capacity to eliminate Israel, to wipe it off the map.
So really, the people of the United States are concerned? They are shaking? Where do you – what do you base this on? The rest of the nations are worried, preoccupied and trembling at this thought? What for?
We are friends with all nations. Yourself, as a reporter, you must know as a member of the media, you must know that Ahmadinejad is quite popular is quite loved, and loves everyone equally...For seven years, I have been answering this for you.
Every time you answer it in a way which raises more doubts. The problem that people have is that you talk about elimination. You talk about wiping off –
Now how do you – how do you pretend to speak on behalf of the people? It raises doubts and it stirs doubts in whom? People have given you their vote of confidence in order to represent their all encompassing view?
You are representing a media outlet and representing their views. Let's go to the streets of New York tonight, right now. And let's interview the people and find out what they say.