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Iran Should Be Expelled From UN, Israeli Minister Says
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Iran Should Be Expelled From UN, Israeli Minister Says
By Julie Stahl
CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
October 27, 2005

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Israel is asking countries around the world to condemn Iran for the "outrageous" comments made by the country's president. On Wednesday, Iran's state-run media quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinehad as calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

Addressing a conference entitled "A World Without Zionism" in Tehran, Ahmadinehad said a world without the United States or Zionism is "attainable and could definitely be realized."

("Zionism" refers to the modern movement for a Jewish national homeland, which started in the 1800s.)

"Our dear Imam [the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini] ordered that the occupying regime in Jerusalem be wiped off the face of the earth. This was a very wise statement," said Ahmadinehad.


Israel's Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that Iran should be expelled from the United Nations for making such comments.

"Since the United Nations was established in 1945, there has never been a head of state, that is a U.N. member state, that publicly called for the elimination of another U.N. member," Peres said in a radio interview.

"There has never been such a scandal. It is impossible to ignore this and close your ears," said Peres, a one of the architects of the Oslo peace process with the Palestinians and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said that at this point, the Israeli government has not made a formal request to remove Iran from the United Nations, but Israel is asking for worldwide condemnation of Ahmadinehad's comments.

Israeli ambassadors around the world have been asked to contact foreign ministers, prime ministers and presidents. "We have asked that the organized international community formally condemn the outrageous statements."

It is not acceptable for one member state of the U.N. to call for the destruction of another member state, said Regev.

But the problem is not just the extreme language of the Iranian regime, said Regev. "Yesterday there was a terror attack perpetrated by Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad is armed, trained and financed by the regime in Iran."

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the northern Israeli city of Hadera on Wednesday, in which five people were murdered and some 30 others wounded.

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