Livni: What has to happen for the world to take the Iranian threat seriously?

Thursday, September 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In her address before the UN General Assembly yesterday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that history will judge the international community and its decisiveness in dealing with Iran, which is not only threatening Israel, but the entire world.

“If we want to protect our values, it is not enough to just believe in them - we have to act according to them,” she said.

Livni added that “there is no greater challenge to our values than that posed by the leaders of Iran. They deny and mock the Holocaust. They speak proudly and openly of their desire to wipe Israel off the map. And now, by their actions, they pursue the weapons to achieve this objective, to imperil the region and to threaten the world. What more needs to happen for the world to take this threat seriously? What more needs to happen to end the hesitation and the excuses?”

Livni went on saying that “we know the lessons of the past. We know the consequences of appeasement and indifference. There is no place for such leaders in this forum. There is no place for such a regime in the family of nations. For any who still had doubts, the Iranian threat was exposed to all in the recent conflict in Lebanon. ”

“The world faces a critical test - to ensure the full implementation of resolution 1701, and the immediate and safe release of the Israeli hostages,” she said

Livni added that “too often, Israel is not seen for its unique creativity and spirit of enterprise, for its contribution - well beyond its size - to the sciences and to literature, to human development and innovation.”

“In many parts of the world, we are seen mainly through the lens of the Arab-Israeli conflict. And too often, that lens is distorted. To many, this conflict is portrayed as a clash of David and Goliath, with Israel perceived unjustly as Goliath. But this simplistic image ignores the fact that Israel remains a threatened democracy in a hostile region.”

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