Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently called for an international coalition against Iran to counter the fundamentalist Islamic state’s growing nuclear weapons development program. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi responded by stating that “Comments by officials of the Zionist regime are not worth an answer.” However, in what could be seen as a conciliatory gesture, Asefi nonetheless provided an answer: “The Zionist regime is not eligible to express any ideas since it is the source of tension, crisis and trouble in the region.”
He went on to say that the Jewish state is opposed to peace and security in the region and is instead intent on destroying regional trust. Savvy analysts however could easily read the more conciliatory subtext, mainly that comments by officials of the Zionist regime are indeed worth an answer. Expect a state visit to Jerusalem by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei… just as soon as hell freezes over I suppose.