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Iran: Exterminate Israel

29 October 2005

By Yisrael Ne'eman

This past week when Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of Israel, he did so in the wider context of the extremist Islamist conflict with the West. Just yesterday, reportedly a million demonstrators took to the streets throughout Iran for Jerusalem Day, demanding the Islamization of the city and the destruction of Israel. During the demo, both he and Iranian Foreign Minister Mottakki repeated the demand for the extermination of the Jewish State.

Radicals in the Islamic/Arab world are facing enormous pressure. Top Syrian and Lebanese officials are under investigation by the UN for the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri this past February and there is a fear both regimes may be toppled. The US led invasion of Iraq is moving into a civil, electioneering and democratic mode (which may not succeed), the Iranians are under world pressure to halt their nuclear development program, and there are demands by the West for the disarmament of the radical Islamist Lebanese Hizbollah and Palestinian Hamas/Jihad.

Most of the above are not directly connected to Israel in the immediate sense, except for the Palestinian issue. Naturally, Israel like the West has an interest in the removal of radical Islamic organizations and regimes from the world scene. Furthermore, Israel is on the front line as a victim of their terror operations. Iran is demanding the implementation of the greatest terror activity of all, the obliteration of Israel. Only Hitler demanded more.

Hizbollah, led by Hasan Nasrallah, was a bitter enemy of Hariri and any international investigation weakens them along with their Syrian and by extension, Iranian patrons. Tehran has much to lose should Lebanon shift towards democracy and force Hizbollah into a solely political role. At the moment Nasrallah is demonstrating political muscle as a warning before he opens fire.

On the state military end the Iranians are developing a missile system with a 3000 kilometer range, far more than what is necessary to hit Israel with nuclear weapons. The greatest threat to the extremist, dictatorial, radical Islam are the ideals contained in the super European liberalism developed since WWII. Iranian rockets will shortly be able to reach central and even western Europe as a warning to the EU to stay out of Iranian affairs.

The Jerusalem Day demos are overtly pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel and especially this year were used by the Islamists to distract attention from the real issue of world Islamic terrorism and the Iranian strides toward nuclear capabilities. The idea is to blame everything on Israel and the Jews, figuring the usual world knee jerk reaction will be to buy at least by part of the story.

But the threat to world peace may be just a bit too great for the usual anti-Israel diatribes and accusations to make much of an impression. And that has militant Islamists like Ahmedinejad, Nasrallah and their supporters deeply worried. As for Israel, we take the threat seriously as opposed to those (Jewish or not) who 70 years ago figured the Nazis were just a passing phenomena with whom one could reason.