This is a global threat, not solely directed at Israel, but towards all moderate regimes in the Arab and Islamic world, as well as far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East.

PM Ehud Olmert at special Knesset session in honor of visiting British PM Gordon Brown (21 July 2008):

"The State of Israel greatly appreciates your determined and assertive stance, Sir, and that of the British Government, on issues of terror and the nuclearization of Iran. I know you are a partner to the recognition that the most serious threat to the stability of the Middle East and to world peace originates in the posturing of the Ayatollah regime in Tehran for regional hegemony based on a fundamental resistance to peace, broad support for terrorist organizations, a stubborn effort to achieve an atomic military capability, and open and avowed calls for the destruction of Israel.

As someone who has studied history and knows well the story of the Jewish people during the last century, I do not need to explain to you our sensitivity to threats of obliteration, behind which stand – Heaven forbid – weapons of mass destruction. As far as we are concerned, this is an intolerable situation with which we cannot come to terms. However, this threat is not solely directed at Israel, but rather towards all moderate regimes in the Arab and Islamic world, as well as far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East. This is a global threat, and it must be dealt with immediately through a unified and determined international front, because under no circumstances can the deadline be missed."

FM Livni at meeting with Irish FM Martin (10 July 2008):

"The threat which Iran poses is not only nuclear, but is a comprehensive threat. Iran supports Hizbullah, Hamas and other extremist elements in the region and is a threat not only to Israel. Iran’s response to Europe is not ambiguous. Iran rejects the international demand to halt the enrichment of uranium and the world must respond accordingly – by increasing and intensifying the sanctions against Iran."