It is dreary to see this constant drumbeat of dishonest propaganda. Whatever one thinks of Ahmadinejad or the Iranian regime, one should not misrepresent their statements, since that will lead to bad policy-making.
The Washington Post also wrote, "Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier, spoke of Israel's eventual "demise and annihilation". In fact, Ahmadinejad never mentioned Israel as a country at all, and spoke only about what he called the 'Zionist regime.' He favors an admittedly odd form of the 'one state solution' in which Palestinians and at least some Jews would all vote for the same government.
Ahmadinejad did not mention Israel and did not call for any genocides, or anyone to be killed, or war. He asked Zionists to see that their ideology has no future. In the past he has compared his vision of the fall of what he calls the Zionist regime to the fall of the Soviet Union, which happened peacefully and with no annihilation of the population.
The Israeli government is magnificently adept at the "big lie" technique, which they use constantly in demonizing Ahmadinejad and Iran.
And what they really want are "bad policy" decisions, particularly on the part of the US, which will lead it to attack Iran on Israel's behalf, so that it will be the Americans fighting, getting killed, and maimed to "neutralize" yet another one of its existential threats in the region, just as the US did with Iraq (which was, as you remember, also accused of having "weapons of mass destruction").
This country should never be goaded into war by a foreign country, and particularly not by Israel.
If there is a military confrontation between the US and Iran, it is very probable that Russia will come to Iran's aid.
And Russia does have nukes.