Lauder declared: “People in the West should not delude themselves into believing that a man who says such despicable things is, or can be, a partner for dialogue. Rouhani hasn’t even been sworn it yet but he already sounds like his predecessor Ahmadinejad, who wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. There is reason to believe that he will follow in Ahmadinejad’s footsteps.
“Any normal person wants wounds to heal. But Iran’s current leader prefers that they fester and remain sore. If Iran was interested in the fate of the Palestinians it would promote peace in the region and not hatred,” he pointed out.
The WJC president added: “Tehran wants to make the world believe that the election of a new president provides an opportunity to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear program. However, as long as the ranting against Israel and the Jews does not stop, and as long as Iran’s leadership incites both in words and in actions to hatred, it is foolish and dangerous to regard the new president as a moderate. The threat Iran poses to the world is as real under Rouhani as it was under Ahmadinejad. People who call for the destruction of another state cannot be trusted,” Lauder said.
By World Jewish Congress
“I know that some place their hopes on Iran’s new president. He knows how to exploit this and he called for more talks. Of course he wants more talks. He wants to talk and talk and talk. And while everybody is busy talking to him, he’ll be busy enriching uranium. The centrifuges will keep on spinning. This isn’t a secret. The new Iranian president boasts that that is his strategy. He says, ‘I talk and I smile and I enrich uranium.’ This is unfortunately going on as we speak. Iran’s work and quest towards the achievement of atomic weapons not only continues, it continues unabated—it’s actually accelerated. And they’re also pursuing, as was recently reported, an alternative route to the enrichment of uranium, which is the plutonium route, simultaneously. So the situation unhappily is not getting any better; it’s actually getting worse. Iran is determined to get the bomb and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking to a delegation of
pro-Israel advocates headed by US Rep. James Sensenbrenner
[Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting] “Iran is inching ‘closer and closer to the bomb,’ and I won’t wait until it’s too late,” says Netanyahu. “They’re edging up to the red line,” the prime minster said. “They haven’t crossed it yet. They’re also building faster centrifuges that would enable them to jump the line, so to speak, at a much faster rate—that is, within a few weeks.”
Netanyahu elaborated the point and said: “They’re building intercontinental ballistic missiles to reach the American mainland within a few years,” he said. “They don’t need these missiles to reach us. They already have missiles that can reach us. (Hence) our clocks are ticking at a different pace…We’re closer than the United States; we’re more vulnerable. And therefore, we’ll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does…At the same time, Iran is also developing its ballistic missile force. These (developments) threaten not only us, but the entire West. We are determined to stand behind our demands, which must also be the demands of the international community,” Netanyahu told his ministers.
The Israeli premier went on to list the demands to Iran: “Stop all uranium production, remove all enriched material (from the country) and close the illegal nuclear facility in Qom.
“We believe that now more than ever, in light of Iran’s progress, it is important (that the international community) tighten the economic sanctions and make Iran face a credible military option,” the PM said.
Excerpts from an article by Noam (Dabul) Dvir, Ynetnews
“Syria is drawing thousands of global jihad activists and radical Muslims from the region and the world who are basing themselves in the country, not only to overthrow (President Bashar) Assad, but also to promote the vision of an Islamic state,” IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said.
“Right before our eyes, a center of global jihad is developing on a scale that may affect not only Syria and the borders of the State of Israel, but also Jordan and Sinai,” he said at an intelligence officers’ graduation ceremony, shortly after returning from a work trip to Washington. Kochavi relayed similar warning to senior American security officials.
Hundreds of jihadists have based themselves in the southern part of the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights. Israel fears these jihadists may attempt to infiltrate Israel in order to carry out a terror attack. Renovation work on the barrier that runs along most of the Israeli–Syrian border is expected to be completed soon.
Excerpts from an article by Yoav Zitun, Ynetnews
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