Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has not ceased its funding and training of terrorists.
Address by President Shimon Peres to the British Parliament (19 Nov 2008):
The Iranian leadership is obsessed with its quest for regional religious domination. This quest is supported by long range missiles, enriched uranium and fanatic incitement – all fueled by the excessive price of oil. The Iranian leadership’s grand design is to convert the Middle East from a region of nations into one religious bloc. They attempt to impose their version on everyone. Whoever disagrees is deemed a heretic and is doomed to disappear.
The conflict in the Middle East serves as fertile ground for Ahmedinejad. In discussions with Arab leaders I hear their opposition to any form of religious colonialism.
There is a need for a joint effort to stop the Iranian threat. To answer fear with hope. The moderate Arab leaders feel that ending the conflict must come before the conflict may bring an end to the Middle East. The international community should prevent Iran from shattering the already fragile stability in the region.
We are not at war with the Iranian people. It is the Iranian leadership that calls for war against us – non-Muslims and Muslims who refuse to adhere to their attempt to gain hegemony.
On one hand, we see how Iranian radicalism thrives on the division of the international community and the disproportionate cost of oil. It permits them to invest fortunes in weapons of mass destruction in spite of their feeble economy. This Iranian policy is a grave danger to world security. The way to confront it now is an economic strategy that will value development and punish belligerency.
Address by PM Ehud Olmert to the UJC General Assembly (17 Nov 2008):
… I am confident that no one issue can unite us, as one nation, in unanimous consent of the consequences of inaction other than the issue of Iran.
Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has not ceased its funding and training of terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and around the word. Iran has not stopped its pursuit of regional hegemony and creating chaos in this tormented region.
We must unite our forces, as part of the international community, led by the United States of America. We must confront Iran’s malevolent diligence and thwart it with greater force. We must increase our measures to prevent Iran from achieving its devious goals. We must increase bilateral and international sanctions thereby increasing the pressure on Iran’s economy until Iran changes its path of confrontation with the international community.
Each and every one of us needs to play a role; lobby your government, lead your organization or identify a project that can be created to exert additional pressure on Iran. Enforce Iran’s international isolation as long as it abuses the norms of the international community. It must become more costly to Iran to pursue nuclear weapons than to give it up.
Iran cannot become nuclear. Israel cannot afford it; the Jewish people cannot afford it; countries in the Middle East cannot afford it; the free world must not accept it. We must all do whatever we can to prevent it. Our voice must be loud and clear, without hesitation, without weakness. Together we can meet this challenge.
Interview by FM Tzipi Livni on CBS TV (13 Nov 2008):
On the test-firing by Iran of new long-range missiles: Iran is not Israel’s problem only. It is a danger to the world, it is a danger to its neighbors, as well. So there is now a common understanding in the international community that Iran must be stopped. Nobody can afford Iran with a nuclear weapon. This kind of extreme Islamic ideology that is trying to deprive others of their rights is something that the world cannot accept.
We are not alone in this battle. There is now an understanding that this is the common denominator, this is a common goal of the international community. It is clear that this is something that the world cannot afford, and we are working together with the international community in order to prevent Iran from having this kind of weapon. Believe me, I met, during these two days in New York, some of Iran’s neighbors, and this is a threat to the Arab and Muslim world, as well. It’s not part of, you know, the Israeli-Arab conflict. This is part of an ideology that cannot live with other regimes in the region.