Friday’s demonstrations in Tehran in support of the Palestinians showcased anti-Israeli sentiment. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on the attack again, calling confrontation with Israel a “national duty.”
He repeated his assertion that the Holocaust was a “lie” and used as a “pretext” to create a Jewish state based on an “unprovable and mythical claim”. But the UN’s nuclear watchdog has just expressed satisfaction that Arab states have not renewed a boycott on a resolution calling for a nuclear-free Middle East which they applied last year. Only one IAEA member voted against – Israel. “In our view, progress towards realising this vision cannot be made without a fundamental change in the regional circumstances, including a significant transformation in the attitude of some states in the region towards the state of Israel,” said Israel’s IAEA representative David Danieli. Israel does not admit to either possessing or not possessing nuclear devices and refuses to sign the international agreement on nuclear non-proliferation.