Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and Ahmadinejad 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei is a fanatic and the biggest threat to world peace now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN in an interview conducted in London on Thursday.
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The Ayatollah, the final and supreme authority in theocratic Iran, is more worrisome than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because "he runs the country and he is infused with fanaticism," the prime minister said in light of Iran's nuclear program.
If Iran succeeds it obtaining or production nuclear weapons, Netanyahu
told CNN, "it will change history. The future of the world - the future
of the Middle East - is certainly at stake."
Sanctions backed by a credible military threat, he said, must be implemented
to prevent such a situation. "Those sanctions might work if the
international community makes it clear that there is a credible military
option if sanctions don't work."
Addressing the killing of Osama bin Laden and what consequences his
death have on the world, Netanyahu explained: "When the world's number
one terrorist... is brought to justice and eliminated, it tells
terrorists everywhere there's a price and you will pay it, and that's
The prime minister also discussed the ongoing unrest in the Middle East,
expressing hope for democracy but also reservations that revolutions
can turn sour.
"Something very big is happening here, a convulsion... We would like to
see the triumph of democracy... that's something that will guarantee the
peace," Netanyahu said.
Warning that Islamists might hijack otherwise democratic revolutionary
movements, however, he said "the biggest threat is the possibility that a
militant Islamic regime will acquire nuclear weapons -- or that nuclear
weapons could acquire a militant Islamic regime."