Address to the General Assembly in Jerusalem by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Excerpts)

November 16, 2008

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I am confident that no one issue can unite us, as one nation, in unanimous consent of the consequences of inaction other than the issue of Iran.

Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has not ceased its funding and training of terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and around the word. Iran has not stopped its pursuit of regional hegemony and creating chaos in this tormented region.

We must unite our forces, as part of the international community, led by the United States of America; We must confront Iran's malevolent diligence and thwart it with greater force; We must increase our measures to prevent Iran from achieving its devious goals; We must increase bilateral and international sanctions thereby increasing the pressure on Iran's economy until Iran changes its path of confrontation with the international community.

Each and every one of us needs to play a role; lobby your government, lead your organization or identify a project that can be created to exert additional pressure on Iran. Enforce Iran's international isolation as long as it abuses the norms of the international community. It must become more costly to Iran to pursue nuclear weapons than to give it up.

Iran cannot become nuclear. Israel cannot afford it; the Jewish people cannot afford it; countries in the Middle East cannot afford it; the free world must not accept it.

We must all do whatever we can to prevent it. Our voice must be loud and clear, without hesitation, without weakness. Together we can meet this challenge.

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