Iran and its allies could put the Jewish state “in an eternal coma”

Iran hits back at veiled Israeli threats of attack
Source: MiddleEast Online

25 January, 2006: Defence minister says Islamic republic and its allies can put Israel in ‘eternal coma like Sharon’.
TEHRAN - Iran’s defence minister hit back Wednesday at veiled Israeli threats of an attack, saying Iran and its allies could put the Jewish state “in an eternal coma” like that of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

“Israel does not have the courage to attack Iran, and if it commits such a big mistake, the defenders of Islamic Iran will put Israel in an eternal coma like Sharon,” Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying by state television.

Najjar branded the United States and Israel as the “Great and Little Satan, who are using psychological wars to intimidate Iran.” The United States has been branded the “Great Satan” since the1979 Islamic revolution.

The two countries are among a number that suspect Tehran of using its civilian atomic energy programme to hide efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Washington is pressing for Iran to be hauled before the UN Security Council.

Iran, a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says its nuclear programme is legal under the NPT and merely designed to meet its energy needs.

Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said Saturday that Israel, widely believed to possess nuclear arms, would not tolerate a “a nuclear option” for Iran, but reaffirmed his commitment to diplomacy over the escalating crisis.

“We are giving priority at this stage to diplomatic action … but in any case we cannot tolerate a nuclear option for Iran and we must prepare ourselves,” the Iranian-born Mofaz said.

But Najjar said the “vigilance of the Iranian people, regional and global nations will defuse their sinister plans against humanity.”

Israel and Iran are arch-enemies, with Tehran refusing to acknowledge the Jewish state’s right to exist. Tension between them has grown recently over a string of outbursts by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad, including a call for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

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