PM to UN chief: Tehran visit is a mistake (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 08.10.12, 19:35)
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Netanyahu calls Ban Ki-Moon in attempt to dissuade him from attending
Non-Aligned Movement´s conference
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with United Nations Secretary-
General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday and expressed his "disappointment" with
the latter´s intention to attend the Non-Aligned Movement´s
conference in Tehran later this month.
"Mr. Secretary-General, your place is not in Tehran," Netanyahu told
Ban, branding the upcoming trip as a great mistake. He emphasized
that he doesn´t see any reason for Ban to visit a country whose
regime is anti-Semitic and seeks Israel´s demise.
According to the Prime Minister´s Office, Netanyahu was let down by
Ban´s deicion to travel to Iran, especially given the latter´s fair
manner of conduct over the period of his tenure as the chief of the
He stressed that the visit would grant legitimacy to a regime that
constitutes the greatest threat to world peace – even if this isn´t
During the conversation, the prime minister mentioned that Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently called on all peace loving
countries in the world to unite in order to destroy the "Zionist
entity." He also brought up the Iranian leader´s address of the UN
General Assembly last September – a speech during which he blamed
Zionism for perpetrating slavery, global drug trade and the Bolshevik
Netanyahu accused Tehran of being responsible for a global terror
movement, claiming that the bombing that killed Israelis in Burgas,
Bulgaria last month was carried out by Hezbollah, a group he said is
manipulated by the Islamic Republic.
Finally, he slammed Iran for continuing its efforts to develop
nuclear weapons despite diplomatic efforts and sanctions imposed by
the international community.
Rewarding Iran for its impudence would tarnish both Ban´s image and
the image of the organization that he is heading, Netanyahu said.
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