The Zionist Entity and Iran
Iran's nuclear ambitions only served to further highen tensions between the two states, and in many ways give potential feelings of legitimacy to their fears and complaints about the Jewish state. Israel, who had struck Iraq's Osirak reactor to disable their nuclear program had suggested it would be willing to do the same if Iran refused to halt their nuclear programs. Iran had been continually defiant to international organizations and major foreign powers, mainly in the West, who had called upon them to stop their enrichment of uranium. The Israeli statements were met with similar sentiments. On 25 January 2006 Iranian Defense Minister Mustafa Mohammad Najjar today warned Israel that, if it attacks Iran, it will fall into an "eternal coma like [Ariel] Sharon," Israel's prime minister, who remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz had reiterated his government's determination to use all means available to prevent Iran from going critical earlier in the month.
In February 2006 an Israeli NGO sought to bring charges in German Courts against President Mahmood Ahmadinejad for holocaust denial and promoting genocide. The semi-official Fars news agency reported on 26 February 2006 that a member of the Iranian parliament had called on Foreign Ministry to file a lawsuit against Germany if the German government were to take the "arrogant act" of bringing a case against Ahmadinejad. On 28 February 2006, Iran's former president, Mohammad Khatami, termed the Holocaust a historical fact, though he also criticized Israel's "misuse" of the event, percieved as a mild challange to Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad had preivously sought to soften his earlier statements regarding the holocaust by noting he was aware the holocaust had happened, but that he challanged the actual scale of Nazi atrocities and reiterated that he did not feel it a legitimate argument for the creation of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians.
On 1 March 2006 the pro-reform daily "Shargh" wrote in an editorial that Iran had never had a "Jewish problem" and that Iran had always lived peacefully with its Jewish community. The daily also praises comments by an unidentified Palestinian politician who said that "before thinking about the eradication of Israel, we should pursue a Palestinian state."
In April 2006 President Ahmadinejad again made a speech in which he depicted Israel as a permanent threat to the Middle East that will soon be eliminated, while also again calling into question the truth of the Nazi Holocaust. Relations became especially tense following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in July 2006, in which it accused Iran of helping the militant group Hezbollah, and otherwise being involved in the crisis. Iran responded denying support for Hezbollah as nothing but Israeli propoganda.
At a pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran in October 2006, Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad said Israeli leaders were a "group of terrorists," and he threatened any country that supported the Jewish state. He also said Israel is a fake regime that would soon disappear. In November 2006, a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Iran said it would give an immediate and crushing response to the Zionist regime, if it took a stupid measure against the country (that is to say a military strike against its nuclear facilities).
Threats, mainly surrounding Iran's nuclear program, continued throught 2007. Iran's Ambassador to the UN suggested in October 2007 that Israel was being allowed to make dangerous threats while the Security Council sat idle. Israel on the other hand continued to suggest that Iran's nuclear ambitions could be checked through diplomacy, despite constant reminders that it was willing to take military action against Iran. In April 2008, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said "We must defend our state borders, and should Israel take any hostile action, we are ready to eliminate Israel from the world scene." These sentiments were reiterated in May when Minister of Defense and Logistics of Armed Forces Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said that Israel was too weak and fragile to launch an attack against Iran.
In reponse to Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad said "The Zionist regime is dying. The criminals assume that by holding celebrations they can save the sinister Zionist regime from death and annihilation." He also again challanged the holocaust saying "Well, if you have committed a crime [against the Jewish people, such as the Nazis did during World War II], then give them a part of your own territory -- a part of the U.S. or Europe or Canada or Alaska -- so they could create their state there."
By June 2008 Israeli threats of direct unilateral action had become more serious, with a major aerial exercise being conducted. Observers said the exercise looked to be a rough rehersal for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran continued to respond with defiance to such movements.
On 7 April 2010 Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Ahmad Vahidi said that while the Zionist regime possessed nuclear warheads, the world hegemonic powers supported its bullying policy and, on the other hand, accused Iran of having nuclear weapons despite the fact that Tehran’s nuclear activities are completely peaceful.
On 17 April 2010 Iranian President Ahmadinejad called for Israel to join the non-proliferation pact. Israel was widely believed to have obtained the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, but neither confirmed nor denied its existence.
On 8 June 2010 Iranian President Ahmadinejad stated at a gathering of worshipers that the Zionist regime’s attack against Gaza Peace Flotilla was a big step of that regime and its masters towards death and total annihilation.
On 9 June 2010 Iran’s Ambassador and permanent representative in UN said to the other nations to not forget that the Security Council could not make a decision against an obvious attack of the Zionist regime against the international Freedom Flotilla. He continued on to say that this was a double standard which will not be forgotten in the historical memory of the Iranian and other world nations.
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