AlJazeera.com 4 January
After his remarks calling the killing of two million Jews in the Second World War a” myth” and calling for Israel to be “wiped of the map” sparked international outcry last year, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a new verbal attack against the Jewish State, this time predicting it will collapse soon and warning its allies face the "boiling wrath" of the people if they continue to support Israel.
"I'm sure that soon we will observe the collapse of the 'Zionist' regime (
The Iranian President also reiterated his denial of the Holocaust saying it "was fabricated by the West in order to reach its goals," state television quoted him as saying.
The renewed assault on
"This regime (
"The wrath of the region's people is boiling."
"Efforts to stabilise this fraudulent regime have completely failed, thank God ... This regime has lost the rationale of its existence," the president said.
Ahmadinejad said that his warning as an "ultimatum" for Israel-supporting powers. "You should not complain that we did not give a warning. We are saying this explicitly now."
"If a hurricane starts be rest assured that the dimensions of this hurricane will not be limited to the geographic borders of
"The best solution is for you to take all the components of the regime and take it away," Ahmadinejad said.
Nejad has reportedly told delegates at an international conference questioning the Holocaust and held in
"Just as the
But the political turmoil that hit
Days after Lebanon’s war, which ended last August, young Israeli reservists began calling on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Chief of Staff Dan Halutz to resign, saying they have failed to achieve the goals the government had declared when the battle between the Israeli army and Hezbollah fighters first broke out; i.e. the return of the soldiers captured by Hezbollah, the disarmament of the Lebanese resistance group and its removal from Israel's borders.
"I don't want to be famous or to be a politician. I just want those who are responsible for these failures to go home," said Zvigenbaum to the many reporters who had gathered to cover a march organised to protest against the Israeli government’s failure, following August ceasefire.
Reservists set up tents in front of Olmert's office and called on others to join them. Protests continued for weeks.
Late in August, a survey carried out by
Following the release of the survey results, many Knesset members demanded appointing a state commission of inquiry, similar to those hired following the 1973 Yom Kippur War and again after the first war in
"We don't have the luxury of spending years on investigations that have nothing to do with learning lessons and preparing for the future," Olmert claimed, naming three investigating committees he intended to hire.
State inquiries are headed by a Supreme Court judge and nominated by the president of the Supreme Court, whereas the government inquiries like those Olmert launched give the premier a lot of control over the appointees and their work.
"I call it the escape committee," said Member of Parliament Effi Eitam. "It was summoned to help the politicians escape from their responsibilities. It is meant to blame the army, whereas it is clear that you can't investigate the army without checking the orders it got from the state level."
"I want to make one thing clear: The responsibility for the decision to go to war is entirely mine," Olmert said, in an attempt to ease public anger.
"Olmert does not mean what he says," wrote Uzi Benziman, a leading political analyst for the
Israel was also rocked by a series of scandals in 2006, with the president locked in a sex scandal, the justice minister quitting over a stolen kiss, the PM charged over a property deal and the country's top general under fire for stock trading.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki referred to the sex scandal that has left Iranian-born Israeli President Moshe Katsav facing possible indictment for rape, saying such "ethical deviation" showed
"The Zionist regime is filled with moral corruption and ethical deviation in its highest ranks. Therefore this regime internally, and regionally from the outside, is cracking and is falling apart."