Outraged by Iranian officials threats that any western acts of war against Syria “will result in the imminent destruction of the Zionist regime of Israel,” on Thursday, August 29, the leadership of the Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the Obama Administration “to declare that an attack on Israel will be treated as an attack against the US, and to ratchet up Washington’s efforts to thwart Tehran’s headlong rush to nuclearization.”
Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, the dean and associate dean of the SWC, confidently acknowledged that Israel is very capable of defending itself. Nonetheless, they wanted the U.S. administration to make it clear that Israel, which is not involved in the ongoing civil war of destruction in Syria, must not be threatened by the world’s bullies without the U.S. reminding those bullies who stands with Israel.
“The specter of Israeli citizens lining up for gas masks on the eve of the Jewish New Year is proof enough that Jerusalem has to take all threats, including those from Damascus and its chief ally and partner in the brutal civil war, Iran, very seriously,” the Jewish leaders poignantly noted.
Horrified by the more than 1,300 deaths in the Syrian civil war, the SWC last week urged the U.S. administration to hew to its own stated ‘red line’ and “destroy or remove all WMD [weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles in Syria.”
The rabbis at the Wiesenthal Center were referring to the threat against Israel uttered by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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