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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Gillerman: The 'real' fear is that Iran will give WMD's to terror organizations

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Danny Gillerman is returning to Israel this week, and in honor of the occasion, Sunday's New York Times Magazine has a brief interview with him. Here's an excerpt.

As the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, you are about to leave your post after nearly six years and return to Tel Aviv at a time when Iran is releasing touched-up photographs of its latest missile tests and continuing to enrich uranium in defiance of U.N. sanctions. How seriously do you take their threats? Listen to Ahmadinejad, who denies the Holocaust while planning the next one, who talks about wiping Israel off the face of the map — listen to him, and take him at face value.

But what if it’s all bluster? Maybe he’s just a short man who needs to pontificate. For too long, much of the world, including Neville Chamberlain, believed that Hitler was just a crazy short man. I don’t think we can afford to do it again.

Considering the long and illustrious history of the Persians, isn’t it unlikely that the Iranians would ever do anything reckless with nuclear weapons? The real fear is not that the Iranians will be crazy enough or stupid enough to launch a missile at Israel, but that they will have no compunction about providing rogue regimes and terror organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah with weapons of mass destruction.

I don't believe that the only fear is that Iran would give WMD's to Hamas or Hezbullah. If the Israeli government actually believes that, we are really in trouble, because it will be too willing to spare Iranian infrastructure when it attempts to destroy the nuclear program (where have we heard that before?).

Gillerman is to be replaced by law professor Gabriela Shalev.

Read the whole thing. Gillerman is quite witty.


At 2:14 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If only Israel's leaders had a fraction of his common sense. I've never understood for the record, why Israel is even in the UN at all....

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prof. Shalev sounds like a low profile, deadpan candidate, with no background in diplomacy. In fact 90% of her experience is in Israeli contractual law.

Time will tell what this nomination accomplished. I sure hope to be wrong.


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