Archive for August, 2012

Iran: Israel’s existence ‘insult to all humanity’

Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity,” Iran’s president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to “protect the dignity of all human beings.”

“The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity,” Ahmadinejad said. He was addressing worshippers at Tehran University after nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies, an annual event marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its nuclear and missile programs, support for radical anti-Israel groups on its borders and repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel’s destruction. Ahmadinejad himself has repeatedly made such calls, as has Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran has denied allegations that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons, saying its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at producing electricity and radioisotopes used to treat cancer patients.

Israel has been carrying on an increasingly public debate about whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel’s official position is to favor diplomatic and economic measures to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program, but Israel insists that Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders say “all options are on the table,” a clear reference to a military strike, if they determine that other measures have failed.

Iran has warned it would hit back at Israel if it is attacked, also threatening to strike at American interests in the region.

Ahmadinejad called Israel “a corrupt, anti-human organized minority group standing up to all divine values.”

“Today, confronting the existence of the fabricated Zionist regime is in fact protecting the rights and dignity of all human beings,” said Ahmadinejad, with a black and white scarf many Palestinians wear around his neck.

Demonstrators in Tehran set U.S. and Israeli flags on fire and chanted “Death to the U.S.” and “Death to Israel” during their pro-Palestinian rally.

In Washington, National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor strongly condemned the Iranian leaders comments.

“If Iranian officials are truly concerned about protecting the rights and dignity of all human beings, then Iran should stop supporting Assad’s brutal assault on the Syrian people. Iran and Syria’s blatant disregard for basic human rights is the real insult to humanity,” Vietor said.

A spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that Ban also condemned the comments and said leaders in the region should use their voices to “lower, rather than to escalate, tensions.”

Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies for decades. Khamenei has called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that must be wiped out.

Tensions between Iran and Israel have intensified since 2005, when Ahmadinejad said in a speech that Israel will one day be “wiped off the map.” The Iranian president has also described the Holocaust, when 6 million Jews were killed by German Nazis and their collaborators during World War II, as a “myth.”

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Israel will cease to be if Iran hit: Top commander

A senior Iranian commander has warned that if Israel translates his threats into action for attacking Iran, it will be the end of the fake Israeli regime.
“If the loud cries of the leaders of the Zionist regime [of Israel] are materialized, it would be the best opportunity for obliterating this fake regime from the face of the earth and dump it into the dustbin of history,” said Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh on Saturday.

“Iran’s response to any practical threat to or aggression against the Islamic Republic will be very fast, categorical, destructive, and overarching,” the commander added in reaction to Israel’s recently heightened propaganda hype about an “imminent strike” against Iran.

“It will be a great honor for combatants and defense forces of the Islamic Iran to realize the ideal of the annihilation of the Zionist regime and shape the new Middle East on the basis of the will of regional Muslim states,” Hajizadeh added.

The IRGC commander emphasized that Israel’s threats against Iran on the eve of the upcoming summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran and the US presidential elections is mostly a war of nerves.

“If, however, they take practical steps to put their threats into action, this would be the sole positive step taken by this ruthless and infanticidal regime throughout its foul life,” he noted.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at the US President Barack Obama during a Friday address on the International Quds Day for failing to remain committed to his change slogan, and urged American authorities to avoid giving in to Israeli pressures. He advised US leaders to act independently to serve the interests of the American nation.

“Westerners are after [the establishment of] a new Middle East. We are also after a new Middle East which will definitely be formed … but in this new Middle East, there will be no traces of the US and Zionists,” Ahmadinejad pointed out.

Furthermore, The Washington Post daily emphasized in a report on Saturday that the recent Israeli propaganda campaign about attacking Iran was intended to manipulate the US presidential election and win a pledge of a US military move against the Islamic Republic.

“Some say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is bluffing in hope of forcing President Obama to issue an ultimatum to Iran that America would do the job itself later,” said The Washington Post.

“Analysts suggest that Netanyahu is looking for a (specific) deadline on abandoning talks and resorting to military action,” the article noted.

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