President Shimon Peres warned against the Iranian nuclear threat Wednesday, also inveighing against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi amid bloody protests signifying the possible overturning of his regime.
In a speech Peres gave before senior journalists and diplomats in Spain, Peres said Gaddafi was concerned only for himself. "You can see by his outfits how much he spends on clothing rather than on people," he said.
On the rapidly spreading protests in Arab states Peres said:
Peres had a warning for European countries regarding the Islamic Republic:"Israel supports the strengthening of democracy and peace in the Middle East. The youth of the region demand freedom, equal opportunities, and the right to live decently and we applaud this."
"The recent developments in the region provide both Israel and the Palestinians with an opportunity to return to direct negotiations....The gaps between the sides are not too big."
"You are sleeping. One day you will wake up with nuclear warheads pointed at Madrid."
"The real threat stands as a clear warning sign to Europe and the entire world: Iran is developing nuclear weapons for mass destruction, and when nuclear weapons reach the hands of terror organizations, Iran's satellites, all of Europe's capitals will be under existential threat."
"Leaders who have their pictures taken beside Ahmadinejad should be ashamed, and he must not be invited to march on the UN's red carpets."
"Spain has suffered very serious terror attacks, and this will be the fate of many countries in the world if drastic measures are not taken against Iran".