Providing further evidence that its end goal, whether through nuclear weapons or other means, is the destruction of Israel, Iran's president last week insisted that the "annihilation of the Zionist regime" is a mission of global importance.
"Any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the path for the establishment of justice and freedom in the world," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling a gathering of ambassadors from Islamic countries in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad went on to claim that the Zionists [read: Jews] have been controlling world events for the past 400 years.
Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman called it "Ahmadinejad's most comprehensive anti-Semitic speech yet," and Washington Post columnist Colbert King warned that "the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat to Jews to emerge in the past 70 years."
King continued, "I do, as a non-Jew, recognize vicious anti-Semitism when I see it. The Iranian government is as anti-Semitic as the Third Reich."
It is because of that virulent hatred for Zionism, Israel and the Jews in general that Israel has been so strongly urging the world to take the Iranian nuclear threat more seriously.
And while some will argue that, as president, Ahmadinejad doesn't have the final say in Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned that Iran's true leader is even more dangerous.
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "is not a rational leader, just like the leader of North Korea. They are unpredictable," Israel's Channel 2 News quoted Netanyahu as telling a recent closed-door meeting of his cabinet.
Netanyahu reportedly went on to explain that while he has no desire to go to war with Iran, he is forced to believe that the religious-fueled hatred expressed by both Ahmadinejad and Khamenei will result in them eschewing the pragmatism Western commentators speak of and launching nuclear weapons at Israel.
* Photo: Israeli rescue workers participate in a drill simulating a massive non-conventional attack on Israel's dense population centers.