- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 15, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been busy since Wednesday, when Tehran’s allies in Hezbollah provoked Israel into launching its military campaign in Lebanon. Specifically, the Iranian leader has been warning both Israel and the United Nations not to provoke Muslims. “The U.N. and the Security Council and the United States should explain their silence towards the Zionist regime’s crimes, otherwise they would be held responsible for being part of these crimes,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said. He demanded that the West stop supporting Israel “in order to avoid the fury of the [Muslim] nations and being tried in the same court as the Zionist regime.”

According to the DPA news agency, the Iranian leader reiterated his doubts about the Holocaust, and said Israel’s military actions in Lebanon were “crazy violations, indicating the despair and depth of weakness of a fake regime on the verge of collapse.” For his part, Hezbollah’s leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, threatened to attack Israeli ships near Beirut and threatened to fire more missiles at the Jewish state.

Not everyone in the Arab world, apparently, is enthusiastic about following Tehran and Hezbollah into the abyss. A Saudi official quoted by the Saudi Press Agency said Friday that Hezbollah’s kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers was a mistake. He said Hezbollah’s actions could lead to “an extremely serious situation which could subject all Arab nations and [their] achievements to destruction.”

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