Ki-Moon Says Teheran’s Remarks against Israel “Unacceptable”
By Amihai Zippor
(IHC News Analysis, 21 February 2007) Building on a week of vocal hatred towards Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the Jewish state’s existence at a rally in southern Iran.
“The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast,” Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, 20 February 2008.
“[Israel] won support [from the other nations] which created it as a scarecrow, so as to keep the people of this area under control,” he said.
His remarks come just a day after several other Iranian officials incited against Israel.
The threats included the following:
* Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, “The West has tried to impose a fabricated regime on the Middle East but even after 60 years, the Zionist regime (Israel) has neither gained any legitimacy nor played any role in this region.”
*In a letter written by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Muhammad Ali Jafari to Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Jafari said, “The cancerous growth Israel will soon disappear.”
He added he is “convinced that with every passing day Hizbullah's might is increasing and in the near future, we will witness the disappearance of this cancerous growth Israel by means of the Hizbullah fighters' radiation [therapy].”
In response to the violent rhetoric, Israel placed a complaint with UN Security Council President Ricardo Alberto Arias.
It demanded the international community condemn the “outrageous anti-Israel, antisemitic and racist threats, which undoubtedly constitute direct and public incitement to commit genocide.”
Reacting to Israel’s concerns, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called Iran’s harsh language towards Israel “unacceptable and unforgivable.”