'No words to describe Israel's contempt for Iran'

Knesset Speaker demands UN chief condemn Iran's 'insistent Holocaust denial' and threats to destroy the Jewish state.

Cynthia Blank ,

Edelstein speaks at the UN
Edelstein speaks at the UN
Shahar Azran

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) sent a letter Wednesday to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing Israel's outrage over Iran's intent to hold a third International Holocaust Cartoon Contest. 

”There are no words strong enough to describe the contempt and profound disdain of the State of Israel, of the Israeli people and many others the world over, for Iran's insistent Holocaust denial, continued under Rouhani`s regime despite its false façade of tolerance toward the Iranian as well as World Jewry,” Edelstein blasted. 

”The current President of Iran does not differ from his notorious predecessor, Ahmadinejad, and like him does not even attempt to conceal Iran's intent to eliminate the State of Israel," Edelstein charged. 

"Iran's resumed development of nuclear capabilities that will allow it to fulfill this threat is further proof of their ultimate goal,” he asserted. 

Edelstein relayed to Ban that "not only does a member state of the UN consistently and overtly threaten to destroy another member state, it does so merely 70 years after the dreadful Holocaust of the Jewish people, during which we lost a third of our number to the murderous Nazi machine." 

"Moreover, Iran spares no effort in supporting terrorism across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, in order to plunge the world into chaos in the name of the Shiite Revolution.” 

Edelstein, joining an earlier call from Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, demanded that Ban immediately issue a public condemnation of the contest. 

”As the head of an organization that in 2005 adopted the brave resolution to establish January 27th as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I ask that you exert your moral authority through public condemnation of the Iranian policy by addressing this matter directly with Iran as well,” he wrote.