The West must send a very clear message of strength to Iran.

 FM Liberman meets with German President Wulff


FM Liberman and President Wulff (Photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met German President Christian Wulff in Jerusalem (28 November).

FM Liberman said that relations between Israel and Germany are excellent, between the governments as well as between the peoples, with flourishing cooperation in many areas. The two countries are involved in very important joint projects to extend aid to third-world countries.

At the meeting, the two leaders discussed various subjects, including Iran. FM Liberman said that it is necessary to toughen and increase the sanctions against Iran, provide massive support to student and other free organizations in Tehran, and broadcast messages of freedom to the Iranian people.

We all understand that Iran is brazenly deceiving the West, and the West wants to be deceived. The West is delivering a misguided message of weakness instead of dealing with the threat in the appropriate manner. If the international community cannot stop North Korea, which is a poor country isolated by the world, this sends a bad message to countries like Iran and organizations like the Taliban, which are following events closely. The Iranian leadership employs rhetoric against Israel, but its prime objective is the Gulf States and, after that, Saudi Arabia.