On Friday, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, publicly stated that when the state of Palestine is created, there will no longer be room for Israel in the Middle East.
The article reports:
“Do not assume you will be boosted with a (U.N.) recognition of a Palestinian state,” Ahmadinejad said, addressing Israel. “There is no room for you in the region.”
I don’t know what it will take for the world to realize the peril that Israel is in, or possibly for the world to care about the peril Israel is in, but comments like this do not foster the growth of peace in the region.
President Ahmadinejad’s remarks were made at a Tehran ceremony marking Quds Day. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem.
The article also reported:
Tens of thousands attended the Quds Day rally in Tehran. State TV said millions of Iranians participated in the rallies in cities and towns across Iran.
There is something to remember here. Because of the prolonged war that went on between Iran and Iraq, more than two-thirds of the population of Iran is under the age of 30. A large portion of that population is pro-western and resents the restrictions the ayatollahs have put upon them. Demonstrators are often paid by the government or told to show up, they are rarely spontaneous. After the Iranian revolution, the changes began slowly–first requiring women teachers in universities to wear the hijab, later barring women from teaching at all. The hope of peace in the Middle East is the overthrow of the current Iranian regime–they are the prime sponsor and financier of terrorism around the world. Unless that regime is overthrown, we can expect to see the regime continue its attempt to create the worldwide caliphate it has been talking about since 1979.