Both Iran and Syria are continuously arming the terrorist organizations, first and foremost Hizbullah and Hamas.
PM Netanyahu addresses the Eilat Journalism Conference (29 Nov 2009):
We have to make every possible effort to mobilize the international community so that real sanctions are imposed on Iran and they are prevented from continuing their nuclear weapons program. We are working tirelessly to convince the world that this is critical.
Last week, due to the efforts of many others – led by the United States and President Obama – the International Atomic Energy Agency finally passed a harsh resolution against Iran. I think this shows very important progress, but of course we have to wait and see how things develop. The most significant part of this decision is that it was supported not only by the United States and the major European countries, but also by Russia and China.
We need to continue these efforts to bring real pressure – meaningful sanctions against the Iranian regime. They are very vulnerable economically and, I think, also in terms of the legitimacy they have lost among the international community, or at least very important parts of it. We now have opportunity to impose effective sanctions, and I hope they will be. I discussed this with members of the Senate leadership during my recent visit to the United States, and also with President Obama and the leaders of almost all the major countries that supported the IAEA decision.
FM Liberman after meeting with German FM Westerwelle (24 Nov 2009):
We also discussed the Iranian issue at length this morning. We were pleased to see how decisive our German colleagues are, and how understanding they are of the fact that it is time to make clear and unequivocal decisions on this issue. I think that by now the entire international community is converging and coming to the conclusion that by the end of this year, the P5+1 will have to make some very clear decisions.
Negotiations are currently taking place withing the P5+1 framework. It seems that there is no uniform stand by the permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany. There’s the Chinese stand, the French stand, an American stand. We expect Germany to take a stand, too, and hopefully try to lead an unequivocal stand concerning the need to halt the Iranian nuclear program. If no positive, unequivocal response is forthcoming from the Iranians by the end of the year, the international community will probably have to decide on severe, strict sanctions. We hope that Germany will support this approach – taking an immediate decision of imposing strict sanctions on Iran.
President Peres meets with Argentine President Kirchner (16 Nov 2009):
President Peres harshly condemned the President of Iran stating, "The world knows very well who stood behind the terrible attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina. The hands of the perpetrator are clear – they are the hands of Iran. We must pursue the threatening criminals behind this attack and demand their extradition." President Peres added, "Every person in Argentina, like every person in Israel, knows that if the same person responsible for murder, destruction, and terrorism now seeks nuclear weapons for gross annihilation, he represents a serious danger to global peace." The President stressed that "we will not forget Iran’s involvement in the two devastating terrorist attacks that occurred at the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The blood of 114 innocent lives and the permanent injuries of hundreds more scream to us from the Argentine ground. Who could agree to let nuclear weapons fall into the hands of a government which sponsors such murders? Who could believe them? Who could trust them?"
PM Netanyahu addresses the Saban Forum in Jerusalem (15 Nov 2009):
First, Iran must be prevented from developing a nuclear military capability. Second, a solution must be found to the threat of missile and rocket attacks. And third, Israel’s right to defend itself must be preserved not only in principle but in practice.
Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens our security, peace in the Middle East and global stability. With nuclear weapons, its powers of destruction, already considerable, would grow immensely. The moderates in the Middle East would be weakened and extremists strengthened. Other countries in the region would join the race for nuclear weapons. An Iranian regime that pledges to wipe Israel off the map would work day and night to undermine any attempt to advance peace between Israel and its neighbors – whether it is peace with the Palestinians, with Syria and with anyone else.
In contrast, if Iran’s nuclear ambitions are thwarted, peace would be given a dramatic boost. Hizbullah and Hamas would be considerably weakened and moderate forces within the region would quickly become ascendant. This is why the fate of Iran’s nuclear program is a true turning point in history. It would significantly influence our ability to achieve a stable and secure peace in the Middle East.
Last week, I discussed with President Obama his continuing efforts to mobilize the international community to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I also heard from the American Senate leadership about their bipartisan efforts to strengthen sanctions on Iran – sanctions that could seriously hamper the regime’s ability to import refined petroleum and its capacity to stifle freedom of information on the internet. In Paris, President Sarkozy reiterated to me his determination to oppose Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a determination shared by Chancellor Merkel, whom I will meet later this month in Berlin.
A growing number of world leaders are waking up to the dangers of a nuclear Iran but there is no time to waste. For the sake of peace and security, the international community must stand firmly behind its demands that Iran stop its nuclear weapons program, and must be prepared to speedily apply strong sanctions if those demands are not met, preferably in the framework of the Security Council. Alternately, strong sanctions may be applied outside the framework of the United Nations by a broad coalition of countries that understands the seriousness of the threat.
President Peres addresses special session of the Brazilian National Congress (10 Nov 2009):
Iran is a member of the U.N. yet its call for Israel’s destruction violates the U.N. charter. It violates the first of the human rights. That is, the right to stay alive. The Iranian government arms and sponsors terrorist organizations like Hizbullah and Hamas. With Iranian support, Hizbullah has divided Lebanon in which Muslims and Christians had lived in peace. It has established a state that denounces peace within a state that wishes for peace. Iran assists Hamas to conspire against the Palestinian Authority, and as such prevents the establishment of a Palestinian state.
PM Netanyahu address to the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (9 Nov 2009):
Achieving peace is a great challenge facing Israel. At the United Nations in September, I spoke of another great challenge: preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. The Iranian regime tyrannizes its own people, sponsors and supplies terrorism, and openly pledges to wipe Israel off the map. Imagine how much more dangerous this regime would be if it had atomic bombs.
The responsible members of the international community must unite to prevent this grave threat to the peace of the entire world. I support President Obama’s continued efforts toward these ends, and I appreciate the firm position taken by the leading European countries. We must not succumb to the Iranian regime’s deceit and cunning. We must stand together to stop Tehran from realizing its nuclear ambitions.
FM Liberman in Denmark (9 Nov 2009):
We are today again facing elements who threaten to destroy the Jews, not only those living in Israel. The Iranian regime is funding terrorist activity throughout the world, and particularly against Jews… The struggle against the Iranian threat is the greatest challenge that the democratic world faces today.
PM Netanyahu on capture of weapons ship (5 Nov 2009):
The navy captured a ship that was carrying a vast quantity of ordnance, which had been sent by the Iranian regime from the port of Bandar Abbas to Syria. From there it was due to be delivered to Hizbullah. The main component of this war materiel was rockets whose sole objective was to attack and kill as many civilians – women, children and the elderly – as possible.
This is a war crime. This is a war crime that the UN General Assembly, which is meeting today, should investigate, discuss and condemn. This is a war crime that should prompt the UN Security Council to convene in special session, especially since it was in gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions. This is a war crime which we know the Iranian regime intends to repeat, further arming Hizbullah, which has already fired thousands of missiles at our communities.
President Shimon Peres on the interception of an Iranian arms ship (4 Nov 2009):
"The IDF today successfully intercepted a ship that was apparently en route form Iran to Syria and Hizbullah. Although all the parties deny it, the entire world is today witness to the wide gap between what Syria and Iran say and what they in fact do. The actions of Iran and Syria contradict all international law. Both Iran and Syria are continuously arming the terrorist organizations, first and foremost Hizbullah and Hamas, and are clearly working to undermine peace in the Middle East. The interception of the arms ship is of the highest importance in military terms, but also has political importance. No one can argue with facts. This is an important achievement for the army and for the entire State of Israel."