Saturday, January 21, 2006

Israel To Iran: Dump The Nutjob, Or Else

Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz issued a stern warning to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the people of Iran. From Reuters:
"Ahmedinejad, his hallucinatory statements, his criminal actions and his extreme views will bring disaster upon you. Do what you understand needs to be done in order to prevent this."
Mofaz also had some advice for Ahmadinejad, who has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and suggested that Israeli Jews should emigrate to Europe:
"You, who are leading your country in an ideology of hatred, terror and antisemitism. You had better take a glance at history and see what became of tyrants like you who tried to annihilate the Jewish people. They only brought destruction upon their own people."
Mofaz also mentioned Iranian sponsorship of terrorist organizations, and Iran's nuclear ambitions. From the Jersusalem Post:
"Money is like fuel for terrorism," the defense minister said. "Iran provides the Hizbullah with $100 million annually some of which reaches Palestinian terror groups. Iran is also the primary supporter for the Islamic Jihad which has carried out most of the suicide bombings in Israel over the past year including the one on Thursday near the old Tel Aviv central bus station."

"Thwarting Iran's nuclear aspirations will for now be done by passing this hot potato to the [United Nations] Security Council," Mofaz said in his speech at the sixth annual Herziliya Conference session on the balance of Israel's national security. "At the same time however Israel is committed to protecting itself and that is what it plans to do."
How will the maniac Ahmadinejad react? Most likely with more bluster and a continuation of Iran's nuclear program.