Israel has filed a formal complaint at the United Nations Security Council, demanding the global body swiftly condemn the hate speech of Iran's leaders. Referring to a recent string of anti-Semitic statements and threats to destroy the Jewish State, Israel's petition says the UN's silence is no longer an option. Complacency by the international community is dangerous, the complaint stated. Israeli officials called Iran's leaders rational fanatics with irrational hatred and said one can only imagine what an extremist regime would do if it got its hands on the world's most dangerous weapon, a reference to a nuclear bomb.
It was a hate-filled speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on "Al-Quds Day" that enraged Israelis officials and sent them to protest at the UN... Established in 1979 by Iran's then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, AL Quds day marks Iran's solidarity with the Palestinians and is celebrated every year on the last day of Ramadan. It has become an open forum for Iranians and their leaders to castigate and threaten the State of Israel. This year the antagonism was particularly strident given tensions over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Western efforts to gain access to Iranian nuclear facilities and get answers on incriminating new evidence has led Israeli leaders to publicly debate the possibility of a pre-emptive strike on Iran.
In a televised speech, Achmadinejad said the very existence of the Zionist regime is a quote "affront to all world nations." He called on all human communities to quote "wipe out this scarlet letter from the forehead of humanity" -- another call for the destruction of Israel... Those belligerant remarks by Achmadinejad were specifically quoted in Israel's formal complaint to the UN...left out was Achmadinejad call for a new middle east where there would be no Israelis and no Americans... Israel also cited Achmadinejad's use of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in his AL Quds speech. The Iranian President insisted that the two world wars were designed by the quote "Zionists"
But Israel's UN complaint also took to task the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei -- he called Israel a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Muslim world... Some Israelis seem unfazed... UN Chief Ban-Ki Moon condemned the Iranian remarks, calling them offensive and inflammatory. More reprimands followed from the EU Foreign Policy Chief and US officials in the Obama Administration. But some Israelis worry that's not enough... It's not surprising that Israel's UN complaint included a warning that complacency to Iran's hate speech is dangerous...
Jordana Miller, JN1, Jerusalem.