Iran continues to insist its secretive nuclear program is peaceful in nature, and Western leaders remain eager to at least partially take Tehran at its word in order to avoid a military conflict. But an interview with the wife of a slain Iranian nuclear scientist further suggested that the international community is sticking its head in the sand, to the detriment of Israel.
Speaking to Iran's Fars News Agency, Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani, the wife of recently assassinated nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, said her husband's "ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel."
Roshan was a director and lead chemist at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, one of the most important facilities in Iran's nuclear program, and perhaps the most important if Iran is planning building atomic bombs.
Iranian officials and media have accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of being behind the car bomb that killed Roshan as he drove to work last month. Israeli President Shimon Peres denied that his nation was involved.
On Wednesday, Israeli army chief Gen. Benny Gantz reiterated that a nuclear-armed Iran poses an unacceptable existential threat to the Jewish state. And Balouri Kashani's revelation of what her husband was working toward is only the latest vindication of the Israeli assessment.
A document recently published by the chief strategist of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Alireza Forghani, argued that "in the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014. All our troubles are due to Israel!"
Khamenei and especially Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have repeatedly referred to Israel as a cancer that must be removed from the Middle East.
Despite this evidence to the contrary, Israel's critics continue to accuse the Jewish state of manipulating the situation for the sake of starting what they call another pointless war.