"The West has tried to impose a faked regime on the Middle East but even after 60 years, the Zionist regime (Israel) has neither gained any legitimacy nor played any role in this region," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.
Calling United States policies in the Middle East a failure, Mottaki predicted the collapse of the Jewish state.
Mottaki was in Beirut last week to participate in the funeral procession for Imad Muganiyeh, a military leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah who was killed in a bomb attack in Damascus.
Tehran, a fierce supporter of Hezbollah, blamed Israel for Muganiyeh's assassination but said that such moves could not stop the struggle against Israeli "atrocities."
"The era of imposing policies on other states by military threats is over. The nations in the region will no longer surrender to any threats," Mottaki said.
Iran does not acknowledge Israel as a sovereign state.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Şubat 2008, 15:36