TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday predicted that Israel would not survive, as he lashed out at the US-hosted conference seeking to relaunch the Middle East peace process.

“It is impossible that the Zionist regime can last,” state media quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a cabinet meeting.

“Deterioration is in the nature of this regime as it has been built on aggression, lying, crime and wrongdoing,” he added.

He said the meeting which united Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Annapolis, Maryland had “failed already and was stillborn. It lacked the cornerstones of effective political work.”

The Islamic republic — which has made non-recognition of Israel a cornerstone of its ideology — was left isolated after its chief regional ally Syria and Saudi Arabia attended Tuesday’s meeting.

“We regret that some people fell victim to the cursed Zionist regime and they are mistaken if they thought this meeting was an achievement for them or helps reinforce the Zionists,” added the president.

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