In highly unusual statement, Defense Ministry says lessons of failed 1938 agreement with Nazi Germany “also hold true for Iran.”
Responding to comments by US President Barack Obama, who said that Israel has acknowledged that Iran is keeping its end of the nuclear deal, the Defense Ministry released a highly unusual and strongly-worded statement on Friday, comparing the arrangement to the failed 1938 Munich pact with the Nazis.
“The Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value, only if they are based on an existing reality, and that they have no value if the facts on the ground are completely the opposite of [the concepts] on which an agreement is based on,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry said that these lessons from the 1930s also hold true for Iran today, which openly announces its aim to destroy the State of Israel. It cited a US State Department report published this year that listed Iran as the world’s top sponsor of terrorism.
“Hence, the defense establishment, like the rest o the Israeli people and many in the world, understands that agreements of this kind signed between the world powers and Iran are not helpful, but only harm the uncompromising struggle that must be undertaken against a terrorist state like Iran,” it concluded.
“The Iranian threat is still the greatest threat to the State of Israel,” Liberman said last month. “Iran is still promoting its missile program with full force…and we don’t have to guess whom the missiles program is targeting.” The Defense Minister pointed to a test-fire of two missiles in Iran earlier this year, which had the message “Israel must be erased” written on them in Hebrew.
“The fact that nations of the world are trying to ignore this clear violation of UN Security Council decisions about the agreement, which they themselves signed with Iran, proves my point,” he added.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report