"We would rather have the world condemn a living Israel, then console a dead Israel."
- Ambassador Dan Gilllerman - August 4, 2013. (Interview with Fox News)
Yesterday, on a Fox News morning program, Ambassador Gillerman was interviewed and the topic surrounded the Iranian goal of obtaining nuclear capabilities. He did not hold back as he expressed Israel's concerns about Iran's on-going agenda, its ability to stall the world while they continued their diligent work at their nuclear sites, and their capability to portray themselves as "moderates" with the election of their "new" and "improved" President Rouhani. He ended the interview by stating that Israel would like to have assistance, but if they must go it alone, he said, "We would rather have the world condemn a living Israel, then console a dead Israel."
Does Israel have cause for concern?
We need go no further than yesterday's headlines from BBC: "US offers Iran President Rouhani'willing partnership'.
The US has offered Iran a "willing partnership", after President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated in Tehran.Does the following statements made on Friday, by Rouhani, sound like Rouhani is a "moderate": "Israeli 'woudn" must be cleansed: Iran's Rowhani", reported by Fox News.
The White House said Iran now had a chance to allay fears over its nuclear programme and meet its international obligations.
Mr Rouhani used his inauguration speech to promise a government of moderation for all Iranians, but also called for international sanctions to be lifted.
US-Iran relations soured under ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He regularly made inflammatory speeches denouncing the US and Israel.
Analysts said Mr Rouhani's inauguration speech was conciliatory in tone, and he appeared to be reaching out to groups inside and outside Iran.
Iran's president-elect Hassan Rowhani said on Friday Israel was a foreign body that must be removed, and also cast doubt on efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.What was PM Netanyahu's response to Rowhani's statements? Look no further that yesterday's report, also by Fox News: "Israel PM slams Iran's Rowhani":
"The Zionist regime is a wound inflicted for years on the body of the Muslim world that must be cleansed," Rowhani told reporters attending annual Quds Day rallies, in remarks reported by media.
His comments come a day before Rowhani, a moderate cleric by the standards of Iran's political system, is to assume the country's highest elected office.
Iran's rejection of Israel as a state has been an unfaltering cornerstone of its foreign policy since the 1979 inception of the Islamic republic.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, saying that he shared his hardline predecessor's aim of destroying the Jewish state."The president of Iran said the day before yesterday (Friday) that Israel is a wound on the body of Islam," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
"The president of Iran may have been changed but the aims of the regime there have not," Netanyahu said.
"Iran's intention is to develop a nuclear capability and nuclear weapons, with the aim of destroying the state of Israel."
If Benghazi, or the rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi, by the Egyptian people aren't examples of failed foreign policies by the White House, then the United States, under this present administration, has a habit of choosing the wrong sides and we're all responsible for allowing it to continue.
A fish rots from the head down, and there is something rotten in Washington, DC.
A nuclear Iran is a danger to the West, to Israel, and the entire world. What doesn't Obama understand about the threats of Iran. If they are threatening Israel (and they are), as an ally and friend of Israel's, what would give anyone with a competent mind to think those same threats aren't meant for America?
President Obama may not have an insight into the dangers of Iran, but for those with an ounce of common sense, it is time American patriots contact their Congressmen/women and tell them we do not expect Obama to delay further by "talks" with the Iranians. Those "talks" will go no further than the "talks" between the people (Arabs) calling themselves "Palestinians" and Israel. The PA's have made their choice before the talks began - they chose the release of prisoners with the blood of Jews on their hands. Therefore, the talks failed before they began last week. I mention this, because the "talks" with Iran will end in the same manner - failed!
I choose a "living" Israel - what is your choice?
Ambassador Dan Gillerman was appointed Israel’s 13th representative to the United Nations in July 2002 and assumed his post on January 1, 2003.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Gillerman had been the CEO of Nagum Ltd. and Agrotechnology Ltd. Since 1985, he has served as Chairman of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. He has also served as a member of the board of the First International Bank of Israel, a Director of Bank Leumi and the Central Bank of Israel, as well as numerous other boards of private and public entities.
Ambassador Gillerman has also served on the Prime Minister’s National Economic and Social Council, the President’s Committee of the Coordinating Council of Israel’s Economic Organizations, and Chairman of the Israel-British Business Council, as well as being a member of the executive board of the ICC (The International Chamber of Commerce – The World Business Organization).
Ambassador Gillerman has played a prominent role in helping to steer Israel towards economic liberalization and a free market economy. He has also been deeply involved in the economic aspects of the peace process and has been intensively engaged in talks with Palestinian and Arab leaders trying to further economic cooperation within the region.
Ambassador Gillerman was born in Israel in 1944 and was educated at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He and his wife Janice have two children, Keren and David, and three grandchildren: Lia, Ron, and Jonathan.