Netanyahu: Beware the Developing ?Islamic Reich?

Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu warned foreign ambassadors in Tel Aviv that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is working to create a 1,000-year Islamic Reich.

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Hana Levi Julian and Hillel Fendel, | updated: 16:51

The former prime minister told a gathering of some 60 diplomats on Tuesday that Ahmadinejad is planning to carry out his genocide program using the nuclear weapon Iranian scientists are now building.

"It's true," Netanyahu said, "that we only have three years to stop the Iranian nuclear program - but that's 1,000 days, and enough time to do the job."

Mossad Intelligence organization chief Meir Dagan, in one of his rare appearances at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said this week that Iran is likely to succeed in developing an atomic bomb by 2009 or 2010.

Ahmadinejad announced ten days ago that Iran had expanded production in its national uranium enrichment program by adding 3,000 centrifuges at a facility in the center of the country. Dagan said Iran plans to add another 3,000 centrifuges within the coming year.

Iran's nuclear process has been condemned by the United Nations Security Council, but its permanent members, as well as Germany, have still not come to an agreement on whether to impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Netanyahu warned that the world’s governments must take action against Iran before Ahmadinejad succeeds in his mission to become the next Adolph Hitler.

There are two main differences between Hitler's threats of 1938 and Ahmadinejad's threats now, the former Prime Minister said: "Then, there was no independent Jewish state, and - this time we know in advance what can happen when threats like this are made... We now know that when a world leader openly calls for genocide - believe him.”

Netanyahu also called for prosecuting Ahmadinejad in the International Court at The Hague for encouraging genocide. MK Danny Naveh and former Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold support the move, though it is not thought to have much chance of success.