Tehran rips Jewish state's warning it will 'destroy' Iran
But doesn't mention Ahmadinejad's many threats to 'wipe Israel off map'
By Aaron Klein
Sunday, April 13, 2008

JERUSALEM – A case of the pot calling the kettle black?

Iran has lodged a complaint with the United Nations over an Israeli official's remarks the Jewish state would "destroy" Iran if Tehran launched a war against Israel.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the Holocaust and has previously stated Israel should be "wiped off the map," said the Jewish state was "heading toward annihilation" and called Israel a "permanent threat" to the Middle East that will "soon" be liberated.

"The Israel regime continues to make impudent threats against Iran ... which blatantly violated international law and the U.N. Charter, threatened the Iranian nation with destruction," wrote Iran's U.N. envoy Muhammad Khazei in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Iran's U.N. representative urged the Security Council to respond to Israeli Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer's remarks and deter Israel from "threatening" another state in the future.

Ben-Eliezer last week told reporters, "the Iranians won't rush to attack Israel, because they understand the significance such action would have and are well aware of our strength.

"However, Iran continues to aggravate the situation by supplying arms to Syria and Hezbollah, and we must deal with this," he said.

"An Iranian attack will prompt a severe reaction from Israel, which will destroy the Iranian nation," stated Ben-Eliezer.

The unusually harsh warning from Ben-Eliezer, a former defense minister, was delivered as the official visited his ministry's war room, which took part last week in a massive, nationwide, weeklong drill that included simulated chemical missile attacks on central Israel.

Iran's Khazei complained to the U.N. that Israel "has continued with its insolent, outrageous and unprovoked threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran ... in yet another manifestation of the terrorist, aggressive and criminal nature of the Israeli regime."

"The inaction of the Security Council in this regard, has emboldened the regime to pursue this dangerous course. Therefore, the Security Council should react to these vicious statements by unambiguously condemning them and calling on the regime to cease and desist immediately from the threat of using force against members of the United Nations," Khazei wrote.

Khazei did not mention any of Ahmadinejad's threats against Israel in his letter.


Original article: World Net Daily
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