Iran has apparently convinced just about everyone that contrary to claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, it is seeking nuclear arms. And its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has outraged the world by suggesting that the holocaust committed against Jews (and others) by the Nazis was a myth placed “above God, religion and the prophets.” Its foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, claims that what Ahmadinejad really meant was that “if certain people have created troubles for the Jewish community they should bear the expenses” rather than the Palestinians, on whose land Israel was founded.
The suggestion that Israel ought to be relocated–nearly 60 years after its founding–to Europe or North America is still considered outrageous. Iran has claimed that it will act militarily only in self-defense, but the Sunday Times reports that “[Mottaki] met leading figures from three Islamic militant groups to co-ordinate a united front against Israel days before a recent escalation of attacks against Israeli targets shattered fragile ceasefires with Lebanon and the Palestinians.”
“Israel — and not only Israel — cannot accept a nuclear Iran,” [Israeli Prime Minister] Sharon warned recently. “We have the ability to deal with this and we’re making all the necessary preparations to be ready for such a situation.”
According to the Sunday Times, “Israel’s armed forces have been ordered … to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran.” Israel has previously acted against Iraqi nuclear development.