In a harsh letter written to the incoming Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman demanded that the membership of Iran in the world body be revoked because of the continuing calls made by its president for the destruction of Israel.
“I call on you to act now, before it is too late. Revoke Iran’s membership in the United Nations, pressure the Security Council to impose the harshest and most extensive set of sanctions the world has ever seen, and halt Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons,” Lieberman wrote in his letter.
In addition to the urgent request, Lieberman also protested the link made by the new secretary general between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian threat. Ki-moon compared the two during an interview with a Korean newspaper saying that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will promote solutions to all world conflicts, including the Iranian threat.
“I find myself deeply concerned regarding your premise that resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would prompt resolution of the Iranian threat,” Lieberman said in his letter. “I have never heard Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad call for territorial compromises from Israel, but rather for the total and unconditional annihilation of the Jewish State. I have never heard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad call for negotiations between Israel and Palestinians, yet I have heard his repeated calls for wiping Israel off the map. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision for a ‘new Middle East’ is one void of a Jewish State or any Jews at all.”
“Any reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Iran or its President is very plainly a pretext for the worst Anti-Semite ideology the world has known since Nazi ideology and the Holocaust (itself disputed by Iran. President Ahmadinejad’s intentions are clear, and while the free world takes its time, he pushes forward with his nuclear weapons program,” Lieberman concluded in his letter.