There is still not a sufficiently firm translation into action by all the countries that understand the threat.

Address by FM Livni to MFA Conference for Policy and Strategy (5 Oct 2008):

Iran is not just a problem for Israel, it is not just a problem for the region. It is not just a problem for its neighbors – though it is a problem for its neighbors, for the region and for Israel – but it is also an international problem and it must be handled at the international level. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Israeli-Arab conflict, except for one fact – Iranian ideology and leadership will try to prevent us from resolving the conflict through support of terrorism, whether it is support of Hizbullah in Lebanon or support of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The world must know that in a joint war against Iran, even if we win, and I hope and believe that we can, resolving the Israeli-Palestinian, Israeli-Arab conflict – this ideology will not change. This ideology exists, it does not depend on what we do here, so we must address it as such. We must act together. We cannot satisfy it. We must fight it.

I know that, today, there is a common understanding in the world about the threat and about the ways that we must act to stop this threat. Unfortunately, there is still not a sufficiently firm translation into action by all the countries that understand the threat. It is important for the world leadership to understand that only by combining the knowledge that all the options are on the table with the effective use of the political and economic sanctions that are in place today, can we obviate the future use of force and lead to an Iranian decision in time. But for that, it is not enough to understand the threat, it is not enough to talk about it, it is not enough to confer, it is not enough to condemn the intolerable and unacceptable words of Iran’s leaders, which cannot continue to be heard in the United Nations that was established, after the Second World War under the banner of "never again". All this is important and necessary, it is a necessary condition, but it is not sufficient. All these understandings must be translated now and must be sufficiently effective, so that the difficult decision will not rest on our desks but rather on the desk of the Iranian leadership.


PM Ehud Olmert at meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith (28 Oct 2008):

Prime Minister Olmert commended the Australian government’s decision two weeks ago to impose special sanctions on Iran above and beyond those that have been imposed by the UN Security Council. He said that while there were countries that talked about the danger of a nuclear Iran, Australia is among those that also take action. The Prime Minister added that Australia needs to be an example to other countries to increase international pressure on the Tehran regime so that it halts its nuclear program.