Ayalon, Shalom warn of Iranian threat, urge world to reevaluate policy

Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday stressed the danger posed by the Iranian nuclear threat, following reports that the Islamic Republic has reelected Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to serve as their president. "The Iranian election results are a slap in the face of those who believed Iran was built for real dialogue with the free world and would halt its nuclear program," Shalom said. "Ahmadinejad's victory sends a clear message to the world that there is wide support for the current policy, and it will continue unchanged. The United States and the free world must reevaluate the policy on Teheran's nuclear ambitions," he was quoted by Israel Radio as saying. Ayalon said that while Israel had no illusions about the Iranian election results, because there were practically no differences between the leading candidates on terrorism and the nuclear program, the reelection of Ahmadinejad "reflects the intensification of the threat posed by the Islamic Republic." The deputy minister went on to call on the international community to stand together against the Iranian threat.