Friday, November 17, 2006

Netanyahu: ‘It’s 1938, Iran is Germany’

Photo: JTARon Kampeas

Always eloquent and passionate, Bibi is making the rounds of American Media outlets this week.
Tonight you can catch him on the Glenn Beck show at 5:00 MST.

Echoing Israel’s increasing concern about Tehran’s nuclear weapons program, Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu called for urgent action against Iran, which he compared to Nazi Germany.“It’s 1938 – and Iran is Germany,” Netanyahu said repeatedly in an address to some 5000 delegates at the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly in Los Angeles. “When someone tells you he is going to exterminate you, believe him and stop him.”Hitler started a war and then tried to develop an atomic bomb, Netanyahu noted, while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is building nuclear weapons first and then will start a war, he said. But unlike 1938 and its aftermath, the Jewish people will not be the “sacrificial lamb” this time, Netanyahu declared.He said that Iran is planning to develop 25 nuclear weapons per year, ultimately with a range to reach the United States. He had been trying for a decade to warn world leaders that Iran represents the greatest threat not just to Israel but also to Europe and America, “but nobody seems to care very strongly”, Netanyahu said.Netanyahu’s harsh message comes on the heels of an equally strong warning given by Israeli’s deputy defence minister, Ephraim Sneh, who said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post that the Iranian nuclear program must be stopped “at all costs”. Sneh said that a pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iran is a “last resort” but “even the last resort is sometimes the only resort”.In the most dramatic comments to date by a senior government member on the Iranian nuclear program, the former IDF brigadier-general described an untenable scenario of Israel “living under a dark cloud of fear from a leader committed to its destruction”.He said he was afraid that, under such a threat, “most Israelis would prefer not to live here most Jews would prefer not to come here with their families and Israelis who can live abroad will. People are not enthusiastic about being scorched.”Thus the danger, Sneh elaborated, was that Ahmadinejad would “be able to kill the Zionist dream without pushing a button. That’s why we must prevent this regime from obtaining nuclear capability at all costs.”
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