The Iranian President’s threats to wipe Israel off the map, and the preparations he makes to carry this out through long-range missiles and nuclear capabilities, compel us to be ready to defend ourselves.
FM Tzipi Livni at meeting with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (19 May 2008):
"The effectiveness of sanctions depends on a united front of world states. When Iran is given commercial alternatives, the effectiveness of the sanctions is compromised. When Iran sees the foreign minister of Switzerland come to Ahmadinajad to sign an agreement wearing a [traditional Islamic] head covering, Iran concludes that the world is not united against it.
Just as Hizbullah acts as an emissary of Iran that challenges Lebanese stability and pushes its own extremist agenda rather than Lebanese interests – just so Hamas pushes its agenda of hatred and terror rather than the Palestinian interest. Lebanon today offers the world concrete proof of our contention that the Iranian threat impacts on the entire region."
Address by PM Ehud Olmert to Knesset Session in honor of US President George Bush (15 May 2008):
The most severe source of threat currently to the stability of the Middle East and to world peace is, as you know, Iran. The danger lies in the pretentious ambition of the regime in Tehran to achieve regional hegemony, its cynical use of terror and religious hatred to further its aims, and its obvious pursuit of nuclear capabilities. The Iranian President’s threats to wipe Israel off the map, and the preparations he makes to carry this out through long-range missiles and nuclear capabilities, compel us to be ready to defend ourselves. But the threat is not aimed at Israel alone, and the majority of countries in the region also see themselves threatened.
Israel believes that while the severity of the Iranian threat forces us not to rule out any other course of action, presenting a united international, political and economic front against Iran, and more severe and effective sanctions, is a necessary, even if not final, step on the right path to curbing the Iranian threat.
Statement by PM Olmert after meeting with US President Bush (14 May 2008):
We had a long discussion about a variety of issues. The first of the issues was the attempts made by Iran to acquire nuclear capabilities. This is a danger of the highest order to the safety of the region – of course Israel as part of it and many other countries in the world – and there is an international effort, led by the United States of America, to try and stop Iran from acquiring nuclear power. The discussions between our two countries will continue on this issue, and of course Israel will try to join the main forces, led by the United States of American and the President, to try and stop the Iranians from continuing their efforts, which are going on and which are clearly dangerous and threatening for the stability of the world.
We also discussed the situation in Lebanon. We observe the events in Lebanon and we are very much concerned that there will be an attempt to upset the democratic process which has to take place properly in Lebanon. And we will continue to observe the situation, and hopefully the situation will stabilize in Lebanon, and the government of Prime Minister Siniora will prevail against the provocations and the efforts made by Hizbullah and the Iranians, who are obviously heavily involved in the attempts to upset the situation over there.