Wednesday, January 24, 2007
PM: International front has been formed against the Iranian threat
"An international front has been created to fight the Iranian threat, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told delegates to the Herzliya Conference on Wednesday.
Olmert focused his address at the conference on a report detailing the state of the Iranian threat. The prime minister emphasized that Israel has been following Iran's efforts to achieve nuclear capability for years.
"For many long years, we have followed Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, in the guise of a civilian nuclear program. They are working through secret channels in a number of sites spread out across Iran," he said. "In the past few years, we have been witness to especially intense Iranian activity on two tracks - the overt and the covert."
The prime minister said that the Iranian threat was evident in the financial, military and intelligence aid Tehran granted Palestinian terror groups, both directly and through Syria. Olmert said the threat was also manifested in Iranian support of Iraqi terror groups and the Hezbollah.
"This activity has created an opposing front, which includes, in varying intensities, all the permanent members of the UN Security Council; Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Egypt and Jordan; and other key countries in the West, such as Germany and Japan," he said.
"This front is acting to unite forces and prevent this threat from becoming a reality," Olmert added...."