Paris, 28 Oct. (IPS) Senior Iranian officials rallied behind President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad’s cal for the eradication of Israel from the world’s map, stepping up attacks and criticism against Israel, accused of “murdering, slaughtering, mass killing of innocent Muslim Palestinians, but also the United States and the West in general.
The fiercest of attacks came from former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who, speaking at the so-called “International Qods (Jerusalem) Day”, saying that the Islamic Revolution of Iran (in 1979) was the “start of the demise of Israel”.
The Islamic Revolution of Iran (in 1979) was the “start of the demise of Israel.
The ceremonies, aimed at backing the Palestinian Muslims, was initiated by the leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the late Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini immediately after his victory over the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, but despite naming it “international” and addressed to all Muslim nations to join it, it was confined to Iran alone, as no other Muslim countries joining it.
Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, echoed Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad who, on Wednesday, created an international outcry when he told a gathering of school children, Iranian and foreign dignitaries that Israel must be “wiped off from the face of earth”, saying, in a more moderate tune, that Iran had no problem with the Jewish faith, but with Zionism, which, he added, is “part of this religion”.
“To those who say it is impossible, or doubt, or do not believe, I say that as the Imam (Rouhollah) Khomeini stated, accomplishment of a world without Israel and America is not only possible, but feasible”, he added, warning that, ”anyone who tends its hand to the Zionist regime (Israel) would burn in the fire of the wrath of the Umma (Muslim nation)”.
The statement was immediately condemned by all Western nations. England, speaking on behalf of the 25-members European Union, described the declaration as “repulsing” and like France and Germany, its two other partners in the thorny negotiations with Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions, summoned Iranian Charge d’affaires for explanations.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Mr. Ahmadi Nejad's opinion "just reconfirms what we have been saying about the regime in Iran. It underscores the concerns we have about Iran's nuclear operations".
“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad laid bare the true views and intentions of his government when he said that Israel should be annihilated. The remarks serve "serve to underscore our concern as well as the international community's concern about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons", added Sean McCormack, another State Department's spokesman.
For its part, Israel demanded an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to consider the menace, while all Arab and Muslim nations remained silent, aware that such violent declarations is also directed against them .
Justifying the provocative statement, Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister observed that Ahmadi Nezhad’s remarks were the Islamic Republic’s “policy since 27 years ago” and Ali Larijani, the Secretary of the Supreme Council on National Security who supervises Iran’s talks with the EU3 and the International Atomic Energy Agency said the West had deliberately exaggerated the declarations in order to put more pressures over Iran on the nuclear standoff.
“This is the real Ahmadi Nezhad, a fanatic Muslim not different from the suiciders who explodes themselves in Iraq or in Israel, not the soft-spoken man of the presidential campaign who would, to everyone’s surprise, refrain from even mentioning the State of Israel in his speeches, promising friendly relations with all nations except the United States”, explained a former Revolutionary Guard who worked with him during the Iran-Iraq War.
Ahmadi Nezhad’s statement, no matter what logics behind, is a close cooperation with American and Israeli’s hard line factions”, says Kamran Safa’i in “Roshangari” website.
Ahmadi Nezhad’s statement is a close cooperation with the most radical factions in American and Israel.
“Whatever the reasons behind, being it deviating Iran’s public opinion from increasing daily difficulties and the government failure in delivering its promises, would harm Iranian’s interests helping the formation of an international consensus against Iran”, he said, adding that Ahmadi Nezhad, instead of criticizing Israel’s policies, is calling for its eradication.
At a time that the Islamic Republic is in very difficult situation due to its nuclear issue, the last statement of Ahmadi Nezhad would no doubt create unpleasant repercussions for Iranian clerical rulers, as it certainly help the creation of an international consensus against Tehran. ENDS QODS DAY 281005