For years, the world has turned a deaf ear to Israel’s concerns about Iran. The Jewish nation has been urging the international community to take this issue seriously for a long time. But the reaction was one of indifference.
Now, the head of the UN’s own nuclear watchdog, has stated that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. UN sanctions against Iran have – quelle surprise! – failed. Iran remains determined to complete this project.
Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency has told the BBC:
“It is my gut feeling that Iran would like to have the technology to enable it to have nuclear weapons. They want to send a message to their neighbors, to the rest of the world, ‘Don’t mess with us.’“
At present, Iran is in chaos. Resident lunatic and incumbent president, Ahmadinejad, is trying to remain in power by silencing protestors. He stands accused of rigging last week’s elections. His rival, so-called ‘moderate’ Mir Hossein Mousavi, has called for the election to be annulled and held a second time.
Hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters have been protesting across the country, and have clashed with Basij militia forces loyal to Ahmadinejad. Reports suggest that numerous protesters have been injured and that at least twelve have been shot dead.
Local sources insist the numbers are far higher.
But let’s face it: no matter which of these two ends up in power, Iran’s nuclear ambition will not change.
And even the Great Dhimmi himself, Barack Obama, has noted that Iran will remain a threat no matter who is the acting president:
“It’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised,” he said.
Obama added that “either way we are going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and has been pursuing nuclear weapons.”
Israeli researcher Brandon Friedman in an interview with Israel National News, said: “ The election of Iran’s president was not relevant to the issue of the nuclear threat to Israel.“
And he pointed out: “Iranian foreign policy is under the control of Khameni. The question Israel should be asking is, what is the danger level of the office of the Supreme Leader with respect to Israel, as opposed to the presidency. I think foreign affairs begin and end with the Supreme Leader, so that’s the question we should be asking ourselves.
The primary difference for Israel, as well as the rest of the world has to do with perception and the face that Iran will be presenting to the world. Clearly Israel has a good idea what sort of face Ahmadinejad presents to the world. With Mousavi it is harder to know what sort of face he would have presented if he had won.“
Friedman agreed with an assessment by Israeli international Mossad intelligence agency head Meir Dagan that the unrest was likely to end shortly, but said that he, too, had been taken aback at the upheaval in Iran.