Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a farewell ceremony that publicizing his Holocaust denial was a major achievement of his presidency.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out against the development of Iran’s nuclear programs in day three of the UN General Assembly.
Israel has filed a formal complaint at the United Nations Security Council, demanding the global body swiftly condemn the hate speech of Iran’s leaders. Referring to a recent string of anti-Semitic statements and threats to destroy the Jewish State, Israel’s petition says the UN’s silence is no longer an option. Complacency by the international community is dangerous, the complaint stated. Israeli officials called Iran’s leaders rational fanatics with irrational hatred and said one can only imagine what an extremist regime would do if it got its hands on the world’s most dangerous weapon, a reference to a nuclear bomb. It was a hate-filled speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on “Al-Quds Day” that enraged Israelis officials and sent them to protest at the UN… Established in 1979 by Iran’s then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, AL Quds day marks Iran’s solidarity with the Palestinians and is celebrated every year on the last day of Ramadan. It has become an open forum for Iranians and their leaders to castigate and threaten the State of Israel. This year the antagonism was particularly strident given tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Western efforts to gain access to Iranian nuclear facilities and get answers on incriminating new evidence has led Israeli leaders to publicly debate the possibility of a pre-emptive strike on Iran. In a televised speech, Achmadinejad said the very existence of the Zionist regime is a quote “affront to all …
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled an upgraded, more accurate version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile at a weapons exhibition in Tehran that was shown on state television. At the event, which marked the national day of Iran’s defence industry, Ahmadinejad also unveiled several other new Iranian-made weapons, such as a naval diesel engine, a mortar launcher, a military intelligence system, and tactical SUVs. Ahmadinejad said the weapons weren’t for what he termed an “aggressive context,” but rather to be used as a deterrent against attack. The unveiling comes as the debate continues to rage in Israel over whether to launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The Iranian nuclear crisis is coming to a head as some intelligence reports indicate that Iran’s nuclear program may be only months from the “point of no return.” Skyrocketing oil prices, new sanctions, another round of international negotiations, a wave of aborted Iranian terrorist attacks, harsh statements from the White House, and tense talks between President Obama and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all point to a new stage in the crisis.
The course of Middle East politics probably won’t be changed drastically by the news, reported October 3 in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born Jewish. But the disclosure is intriguing enough to spark a whole new line of speculation. The Forward’s Nathan Guttman suggests that Ahmadinejad’s obsessive Jew-bashing may be an extreme case of Jewish self-hatred. Nathan’s being playful, but the Telegraph quotes scholars who take the idea seriously.