MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman questions Ido Aharoni, the Consul General of Israel in New York, about his government’s level of concern regarding the nuclear threat it faces from Iran.
Aharoni describes the anti-Israel positions Iran has taken both in the United Nations and in the Mideast region, saying Iran “is posing not only a physical threat, but also a conceptual threat” to the country he represents. He adds that Israel has long vowed to support both sanctions and a “credible military option” against Iran, to minimize any differences between Israel and the U.S. government and to emphasize the shared responsibility of the broader international community against Iran’s nuclear threat.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran and a Holocaust denier who says Israel has “no place in the Middle East,” is scheduled to speak at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The timing of his speech on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, a Day of Atonement, has drawn strong rebukes from many, including a bipartisan group of U.S. House members who have called for the Obama administration to prevent Ahmadinejad’s address to the U.N. General Assembly.
“It would not only be offensive, but insensitive for the United Nations to allow Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address the General Assembly at all, let alone on the holiest of all Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur, after making such vicious statements towards world Jewry and the State of Israel,” the resolution by the 14 House members reads.
Today The New York Times reports that the Obama administration sharply criticized remarks Ahmadinejad made on Monday at the U.N. and on CNN, calling them “characteristically disgusting, offensive and outrageous.”
The Yom Kippur holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday evening and ends on Wednesday after sundown, usually with a celebratory breaking of the fast with friends and family.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have the opportunity to address the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. It is expected he will talk about the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.
The September episode of MetroFocus premieres Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW, Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN, and Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on NJ TV.