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The United Nations General Assembly: Key Issues for 2010 RULE The Iranian Threat

Posted: September 20, 2010

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
The Iranian Threat
Israel at the U.N.
Other UN Issues

  • It is hoped that international sanctions will induce Iran to engage in serious negotiations over its nuclear program.  However, should these and additional sanctions fail to pressure Iran into the right course of action within a reasonably short time frame, a policy of prevention, rather than containment, must be pursued. The international community should actively support a policy of prevention.
  • It is clear that nuclear weapons in the hands of this increasingly radical and reckless regime would lead to a dangerous geo-strategic shift in the Middle East potentially leading to a nuclear arms race in the region.  Nuclear weapons would bolster Iran's aggressive and destructive foreign policy, presenting a direct and existential threat to Israel and other countries in the region. A nuclear-armed Iran could potentially use this technology to hit at American and European targets as well.
  • Iran's words and actions have made it clear that they are quickly progressing towards building a nuclear weapon and the ability to deliver it to target.  At the same time, Iran remains a state sponsor of terrorism – funding and training terrorist organizations and cultivating extremist forces. Its leaders have repeatedly called for Israel's demise and have propagated base anti-Semitism, including the denial of the Holocaust. 
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has used the platform of the U.N. to make incendiary anti-Semitic and extreme anti-Israel proclamations.  Responsible member countries of the United Nations must make clear these statements are not acceptable.  Responsible countries should exit the General Assembly before the Iranian President speaks, and investigate what possible action the U.N. might take if Mr. Ahmadinejad again uses the podium to spout hate and threats.

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Editor's Note: At the opening of the U.N. General Assembly (GA) in September 2010, ADL will meet with key leaders and foreign ministers to discuss issues such as Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Iran's march to nuclear weapons capability, the treatment of Israel at the U.N., anti-Semitism, and other crucial issues of concern.  This report looks at some of the key issues the U.N. will be taking up in 2010-2011.

More information on the GA is available on the League's U.N. Perspectives & Analysis Page.

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