As part of the current reassessment … we must look at the Iranian threat, both the direct threat, and the threat posed through Hizbullah.

FM Livni addresses the 7th Herzliya Conference – 22 Jan 2007

As part of the current reassessment … we must look at the Iranian threat, both the direct threat, and the threat posed through Hizbullah. We must identify the growing extremism in parts of the Islamic world, all of which could lead to a change in the nature of the conflict, transforming it from a national conflict into a religious one…

The Iranian threat, and in some senses, the war in Lebanon too, brought home the regional and international understanding that it is Iran which poses the real threat, not Israel. In the speeches of its leaders, in its conduct and in its ideology, it is Iran that today represents a religious extremist threat. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the reason for this extremism. While we certainly seek a solution to this conflict, this will not change the dogmatic Iranian ideology, whose origins lie elsewhere.

Press interviews by FM Livni to the Japanese media – 17 Jan 2007

Interview on Japanese Television NHK

Everyone understands that the threat is Iran, and Iran is trying to achieve nuclear weapons. Parallel to this, you can hear the President of Iran, and how he speaks of the denial of the Holocaust, saying they must erase Israel from the map. The reason for Iran’s nuclear program is not Israel and it’s not the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The achievement of nuclear weapons is part of the extreme Islamic ideology of the Iranian regime.

Let’s say that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is soon solved – do you imagine that Iran would put aside their extremist ideology? This ideology is not connected to the national spirit of the Palestinian, but it is connected to the vision of creating nuclear capability, and this is the real threat to the region. This is the understanding of the entire international community. I think there are some difference among some members of the international community as to what are the right steps to be taken – whether soft or hard sanctions – but when it comes to the nuclear issue, the threat is Iran, and I hope others like Libya will not seek excuses elsewhere.

Interview with Nikkei Shimbun

I believe that currently the three main threats to stability are the Iraqi issue, the Iranian threat and the Syrian-Iranian-Hizbullah alliance, the results of which we witnessed recently in Lebanon.

An unprovoked attack by Hizbullah on Israel on behest of Iran precipitated the last war. Iran and Hizbullah share a common interest, which is to cause instability in the region. Hizbullah is currently smuggling Iranian and Syrian weapons across the Syrian border into Lebanon, posing a threat not only to Israel but to other moderates in the area as well, for instance by threatening the stability of the Siniora government in Lebanon…

In the past, it was thought that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the cause of extremism, but current events have proved this concept to be wrong. Let us examine what is happening now. Iran has introduced the threat of nuclear weapons to the region. The Iranian cause, based on extremist Islamic ideology, has nothing to do with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and does not represent the Palestinian national interest. Furthermore, Iranian nuclear weapons would pose a threat not only to Israel but to other moderate Moslem and Arab regimes in the region, none of whom have relations with Israel…

Further instability is caused by the Iran-Syria-Hizbullah alliance and also by the Iran-Hamas alliance. The latter represents the latest threat to Israel. The Hamas ideology is based on extreme Islamic fundamentalism, and their alliance with Iran is a threat to both Israel and to other moderate regimes. These threats are the main cause of changing interests and alliances in the region.

Interview with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, by Mr. Nakanishi, from Nikkei Shimbun January 17, 2007

I believe that currently the three main threats to stability are the Iraqi issue, the Iranian threat and the Syrian-Iranian-Hizbullah alliance, the results of which we witnessed recently in Lebanon.

An unprovoked attack by Hizbullah on Israel on behest of Iran precipitated the last war. Iran and Hizbullah share a common interest, which is to cause instability in the region. Hizbullah is currently smuggling Iranian and Syrian weapons across the Syrian border into Lebanon, posing a threat not only to Israel but to other moderates in the area as well, for instance by threatening the stability of the Siniora government in Lebanon…

In the past, it was thought that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the cause of extremism, but current events have proved this concept to be wrong. Let us examine what is happening now. Iran has introduced the threat of nuclear weapons to the region. The Iranian cause, based on extremist Islamic ideology, has nothing to do with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and does not represent the Palestinian national interest. Furthermore, Iranian nuclear weapons would pose a threat not only to Israel but to other moderate Moslem and Arab regimes in the region, none of whom have relations with Israel…

Further instability is caused by the Iran-Syria-Hizbullah alliance and also by the Iran-Hamas alliance. The latter represents the latest threat to Israel. The Hamas ideology is based on extreme Islamic fundamentalism, and their alliance with Iran is a threat to both Israel and to other moderate regimes. These threats are the main cause of changing interests and alliances in the region.