Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued an official response on Thursday evening, following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the United Nations.
“The Iranian president once again chose to raise today - as he has done in his previous visits to New York and elsewhere - a message of hostility toward the United Nations, as well as threats to world peace and security,” the Ministry’s statement said.
“This is no surprise,” continued the statement. “Less than two weeks ago, Ahmadinejad, - who was warmly received today at the United Nations – repeated his hollow statement that the terrorist attacks of September 11 were a Western plot. A decade after more than 3,000 innocent people lost their lives, he repeated that slander today.”
“Tehran’s hostility toward Israel and the Jewish people is also evident to all,” said the Foreign Ministry. “Iranian leaders repeatedly call for Israel’s destruction, deny the Holocaust and openly support, both in word and deed, terrorist organizations, as demonstrated in their involvement in the attack on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994. The justice in this case has not yet been done.”
The statement added, “Iran’s contempt for the international community is clear and it is demonstrated by its continuing disregard of six Security Council resolutions calling for it to stop its nuclear program and to stop the transfer of weapons to terrorists. Its overt and cynical attempts to be elected to bodies established to combat human rights violations despite its own repeated violations of human rights are well-known. If only for these reasons, the international community should have prevented Iran from having the honor of speaking from the podium of the UN.”
Earlier on Thursday, Ahmadinejad used his UN speech to attack Israel, saying the “Zionist regime imposes terror on the Palestinian people.”
Ahmadinejad also cast aspersion on the Holocaust and hinted the September 9/11 attacks occurred under dubious circumstances as well.