So it appears that—as with the economic sanctions—when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program, that vaunted international community just isn’t coming through.
Tehran, for its part, was in a celebratory mood for its annual Jerusalem Day last Friday. With the usual crowds chanting “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry listed some especially high-decibel statements by Iranian leaders.
They include, from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East…there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists.” “The International Quds [Jerusalem] Day is the day of unity among all human beings to remove the Zionist black stain from the human society.” “Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.” “The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor….”
From Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “…liberating Palestine from the grip of Israel and its allies is a religious duty for all Muslims across the world.” “…the fake Zionist regime will soon fade away from geography….”
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh: “…if the Zionist hooligans embark on practicing their verbal threats, they will provide the best opportunity for the destruction of Israel because then the forged regime will be wiped out of the map and thrown into the trash bin of history for ever.”
All this after the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China have been holding high-level diplomatic talks with Iran for months, with Obama insisting throughout his presidency—to this very day—that “engaging” Iran is the right, fruitful approach.
Any penalization of Iran for its ongoing incitement of the genocide of the Israeli people—illegal under the United Nations’ Genocide Convention, which lists “Direct and public incitement to commit genocide” as a punishable offense?
Apart from some mild rebukes by Washington and others, none at all. In fact, from August 26-31, Tehran will, as mentioned, be hosting the Non-Aligned Movement, which with 120 members comprises almost two-thirds of the countries of the world.
Israel is particularly upset that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is planning to attend. So is Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi—the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian head of state since the 1979 takeover by the ayatollahs.
On Thursday it was reported that in Lebanon this week Iran’s ally Hizbullah held its largest-ever military exercise—which can only be seen as preparation for a possible imminent war between Israel on one side and Iran and its proxies on the other.
All Israelis, of course, would prefer that events did not take this course, and that instead the U.S.-led international community would be shouldering its own responsibility and dealing seriously with the Iranian threat. But those Israelis who count on the nations of the world to effectively confront a threat to the Jews and to themselves are blind both to history and what can readily be seen in the present.
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