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| Israel closer to death if it attacks Gaza: Ahmadinejad|
| Updated at: 1515 PST, Saturday, April 03, 2010|
TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday warned Israel against launching a fresh assault on the Gaza Strip, saying such action would bring it "closer to certain death."
Ahmadinejad's comments come a day after Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom warned of a new offensive by the Israeli military on the Hamas-ruled coastal territory unless militant rocket attacks are halted.
"They are looking for an excuse to attack Gaza. I want to tell the Zionists and their backers that enough crime has been committed already," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
"The new adventure will not save you, but will bring you closer to certain death," said Ahmadinejad.