Recent remarks by ambassador and IDF chief of staff had provoked angry reactions from the Iranian delegation.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan’s speech to the Security Council focused on the dangers arising from Iran’s activity. Meanwhile, Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi’s remarks about the IDF’s preparations for the Iranian threat led to an angry response from Tehran.
Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, sent two complaints against Israel to the Security Council calling on the international community to intervene against the “Israeli regime.” In response, Ambassador Erdan attacked the Iranians and warned of the expected consequences of the Iranian regime’s aggression.
“We will continue to act against the insane ayatollah regime on every front and especially in the UN,” Erdan said. “I suggest Tehran not put us to the test. Iran’s intentions to destroy Israel and its actions in the Middle East should prompt the international community to act as soon as possible and not bury its head in the sand.”
In response, Takht-Ravanchi accused Erdan of making “false allegations regarding Iran’s nuclear program. [Erdan] is desperately trying to portray our peaceful nuclear program as a threat,” the Iranian ambassador said. On the IDF chief’s speech, the Iranian said that “Israel was intensifying its provocative rhetoric and its war mongering against Iran, and plans to carry out its belligerent threats.”
Erdan went on to say that “Israel will act in every way possible to prevent the world’s most dangerous regime from arming itself with the world’s most dangerous weapons.”
He added, “I demand of the Security Council to ignore Iranian lies and deploy the only effective measures to combat the danger posed by the Islamic Republic: crippling sanctions and a significant threat of military action.”
Originally posted at israeltoday.co.il