President Shimon Peres_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
President Shimon Peres, in an interview with CNN aired Monday night, called Iran
a “spoiled” and “morally corrupt” country, and said the world should attack its
Instead of immediately moving toward a military attack on
Iran, Peres said, “I would rather see tighter economic sanctions [and] closer
What was very much lacking, he added, was an attack
on Iran’s moral foundations “because Iran is a spoiled country.
The Islamic Republic, Peres explained, is “the only
country that threatens to destroy another country, openly.”
He said that
Israel was part of the international community of responsible nations and did
not want to resolve the Iranian problem by itself.
“Israel will first of
all see what the world is doing,” he said, adding that Jerusalem expected world
leaders who have made promises regarding Iran to keep their promises.
an op-ed published Tuesday in The Times of London, opposition leader Tzipi Livni
called on the international community to stand together.
She urged the
West to make clear to Iran that all options are on the table to stop Tehran from
acquiring nuclear weapons.
The Iranian regime, she wrote, “with its
genocidal rhetoric and its growing military might, is not just a threat to the
stability of our region.
Its intentions run counter to the interests of
the free world and its policies are an affront to the values of the free
Livni also accused Iran of being an impediment to the quest for
peace between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that through its support for
Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria, “Iran empowers the opponents of peace and weakens
the hand of moderates.”