Within a month we will witness international sanctions against Iran.
Address by President Peres to the Bundestag (27 Jan 2010):
Like our neighbors, we identify with the millions of Iranians who revolt against dictatorship and violence. Like them we reject a fanatic regime, which contradicts the United Nations Charter. A regime which threatens destruction, accompanied by nuclear plants and missiles and who activates terror in its country and in other countries. This regime is a danger to the entire world.
FM Liberman at meeting with with Brazilian DM Jobim (25 Jan 2010):
It is clear that Iran, which has gas and oil deposits, is not developing nuclear capabilities for peaceful means, and that the missiles that Iran is developing are not designed to provide nuclear energy for the sake of world peace. He added that Iran is the main source of funding for world terror, and denies the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist. We have witnessed how Iran deals with its citizens after the elections there. The Iranian regime is a regime without moral values, and the danger it will pose to the world if it attains nuclear weapons is clear.
PM Netanyahu addresses the Foreign Press Association in Israel (20 Jan 2010):
The first security challenge is obviously the nuclear military threat from Iran. I think there’s a change in the last year, because I think Iran has been unmasked. The nature of this region has been unmasked. The fact that it’s building a secret nuclear program has been unmasked as well and there’s a growing consensus in the international community that the moment of decision is arriving and the international community is being tested by Iran as we speak whether it has the resolve to stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons. I think the international community cannot fail and the time for tough sanctions is now. If this moment is allowed to pass, what good will sanctions do afterwards?
The time for tough actions and tough sanctions against Iran is right now. This is the first threat we all face. I think what is changed is that there is among the leading governments in the world today across a very wide spectrum, a common understanding and a common acceptance of what I just described of the problem of the nature of the Iranian regime, the nature of the Iranian nuclear program, the danger it poses, and now the question is, is there a willingness to act? We shall soon find out. I hope that the international community will act swiftly and resolutely to apply very tough sanctions.
We are surrounded by an ever-growing arsenal of rockets placed in the Iranian supported enclaves, to the north and to the south. You make peace with an enemy that wants peace. You cannot negotiate peace with an enemy who wants to destroy you. Hamas and its parent regime, the Iranian tyranny, openly say that their goal is to destroy us.
PM Netanyahu at press conference in Berlin (18 Jan 2010):
The true face of the Iranian regime has been unmasked in the year that’s just passed. It’s a regime that tyrannizes its own people. And we know from recent history that a regime that tyrannizes its own people will tyrannize the world.
I think the picture of that young woman Neda choking in her own blood on the sidewalk told us more about the nature of this regime and why it must not have nuclear weapons, than a thousand speeches that I could make. And I believe a regime that says there are no homosexuals, but hangs them in the square, and acts with unlimited brutality and sends terrorists, and sponsors violence far and wide, is a regime that must not have nuclear weapons. I think the first half of the 21st century will be marked by how the international community acts on these questions.
If we don’t apply sanctions, crippling sanctions, against this Iranian tyranny, when shall we apply them? If not now, when? And the answer is: Now.
… We walked away from Lebanon and got an Iranian enclave and a missile base there. We walked away from Gaza and we got an Iranian enclave and a missile base there, a missile base from which we have been rocketed – from both of them. We don’t want to walk away from areas in the West Bank and have them become a third Iranian base, so we must ensure that these areas are not penetrated by terrorists or by rockets or missiles that will be directed in our way. And this requires real and effective demilitarization.
Interview with spokesperson Mark Regev on "Frost over the World" (8 Jan 2010):
I think there’s a consensus today, a consensus from Moscow to Berlin to Washington to Ottawa to Tokyo to Canberra, a consensus internationally, I would also say, amongst the Arab world, that sees the Iranian nuclear program as not being benign at all. I think there’s an acceptance, a consensus in the international community, that the Iranians are after a bomb. And we say now is the time for international pressure on that regime. It’s time to upgrade.
I’d say very strongly, Iran today without nuclear weapons is a force for instability and violence in the region. Now, imagine that Iran armed with nuclear weapons, with Iranian proxies armed with a nuclear umbrella behind them. I mean, this would be the end of the Middle East situation as we know it. This would be a threat to our Arab neighbors; it would be a threat to the West; it would be a threat, of course, to my country, Israel. And that’s why I think you’ve seen a whole series of UN Security Council resolutions. All members of the United Nations Security Council have passed a whole series of resolutions, many of them unanimously, calling on the Iranians to cease nuclear enrichment, to stop trying to build bombs. It’s not an Israeli position. This is an international consensus: They must stop. And we’ve got to now turn words into actions. The Iranian leadership must understand that its nuclear program must stop.
Deputy FM Ayalon addresses the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (6 Jan 2010):
Iran is not an Israeli problem. It’s mainly the problem of the international community. One thing is certain – and, again, I’m talking here from the perspective of the Security Council, of the coalition of the willing, from the perspective of the countries that would like to see a better world – and that is that we cannot afford a nuclear Iran. A nuclear Iran, in a determined and, I would say, a final way, would destroy the world order as we know it; the nuclear proliferation treaty would no longer be in effect. Actually, we will see a race, a nuclear arms race, which we have never seen before, not just here in the Middle East, not just in countries like Turkey or Saudi Arabia or Egypt, but also countries in Asia, of course North Korea. Just think of Venezuela or other countries which would seek and would try to obtain nuclear capabilities. Certainly we cannot afford it.
But Iran is a specific threat, and this is not just the nuclear one, because if you marry their nuclear aggression and ambition with very, very radical, fundamental, extreme policies, together with their active support of terrorism, together with their call (for which, again, nobody calls them to task, nobody demands their accountability) for the annihilation of another member state, which is, by the way, an egregious breach of the UN charter, if you put all these elements together, you see that if they had the nuclear capability, then they could do all this and much more with impunity. But we trust that this is the understanding today, pretty much universally, and we hope that a united front can be found or can be generated, because – and this is the key to everything – we have to understand that Iran is a very vulnerable country; it’s a very weak country, not only politically and socially but also economically.
And, unfortunately, today they play cards that they don’t really have, but they are trying to fool everyone or use psychological warfare to intimidate, and we see it through their very aggressive rhetoric. And not only rhetoric but also with all their testings of missiles and drills and military exercises. And they’re also banking on driving a wedge between the different members of the Security Council or the international community. If they were assured that none of these cards could be played – or if we called their bluff – I believe we would see much, much more timid, and maybe even responsible, conduct coming from Tehran. Without a united front, we will never see it. But we have a few more weeks to hopefully gain this consensus, that the P5+1 is working on.
Deputy FM Ayalon (2 Jan 2009):
"World opinion is forming against Iran, and within a month we will witness International sanctions against that country. It is not certain that the current regime will still be in power in a year’s time. The United States and China are in agreement that a nuclear Iran will destroy the current international order."