Ahmadinejad: Israel could attack others
Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:35:08 GMT
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warns against Israel’s possible attack on other countries.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel would attack its neighbors such as Jordan and Egypt if it could justify it.
“Arrogant powers have established the Zionist regime [Israel] to dominate not only regional and Islamic countries but the entire world. They plan to set up a base in the heart of the Islamic region,” Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.
He touched upon Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past two weeks, saying, “The Zionist regime has been founded based on an aggressive nature.”
Ahmadinejad slammed unilateral and inhuman decisions by the UN Security Council, saying the body’s performance was in the interests of the US and Israel.
In his Saturday remark, Ahmadinejad also strongly criticized the inaction of Arab countries and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), saying, “Cut your relations with the Zionists and don’t let the regime discredit you.”
The UN Security Council almost unanimously approved late on Thursday a resolution for an “immediate” and “durable” ceasefire followed by the “full withdrawal” of Israeli forces from the sliver of Palestinian land. The resolution also demands “the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”.
Fourteen out of the council’s 15 members voted for the resolution, but Israel’s main ally, the United States, abstained from voting.
Israel has rejected UN Resolution 1860 and has escalated its air and ground strikes against the besieged territory. All the Gaza crossings are still closed.
Israel began Operation Cast Lead on Gaza on Dec. 27 and has so far killed 821 Palestinians and wounded at least 3,350 others, including women and children. At least 10 Israeli troops have so far been killed during the offensive.