Iranian UN Ambassador Muhammad Javad Zarif submitted a complaint to Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council on Friday protesting Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh's statements about Iran in Friday's Jerusalem Post.
Sneh told the Post in an interview that he "was not advocating Israeli preemptive military action against Iran" but that "even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."
Sneh said the IDF "must prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear capability at all costs" to avoid an untenable situation where Israel is "living under a dark cloud of fear from a leader committed to its destruction.
This from the country that has come out and said:
- "Israel must be wiped off the map of the world…and God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism."
- "the establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world"
- "the Islamic Umma (Nation) will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland"
- "All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand."
- "Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won’t take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map."
- "The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove this problem."
I don't know what Iran thinks it is doing.
Nobody likes an Islamic superpower that whines.
Maybe Iran is running scared because of Olmert's threats:
But in an interview with Lally Weymouth of Newsweek-Washington Post that will be published on Sunday, Olmert issued his own threats against the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In a message ahead of his visit to the US, he said Iran would only agree to compromise on its nuclear program if it saw genuine reasons to fear reprisals. "Iran must start to fear," he said, stressing that Israel would support a compromise that would prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability.
Oh yeah, that must be it.