of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein praised the Obama administration for
the U.S. ambassador’s walkout from the recent meeting of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after the Iranian ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh,
accused Israel of having “a dark record of genocide.”
“It is not a small matter when any country, let alone a rogue state like Iran, describes a fellow democracy and ally of the U.S. as guilty of ‘genocide,’” Klein said in a statement.
Ambassadors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada also walked out.
“Genocide is a most heinous crime and one that carries major legal consequences… When Iran uses this language, it is used as its warrant for aggression against Israel and as justification for treating it as a pariah,” Klein said.
“The charge of genocide is doubly vicious coming from the Iranian ambassador because the regime he represents has…expressed the intention to commit genocide by calling for Israel to be wiped from the page of history. It is also a regime seeking to acquire the nuclear weaponry that would make obliterating Israel a practical possibility. We commend U.S. Ambassador McManus for walking out of this meeting,” he added.