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Sharon: Iran Next on War List

Thursday, 07 November 2002 12:00 AM

Iran is just as dangerous and a top priority for a regime change, Sharon said this week. He argued that although Iraq is an "insane" regime, Iran is a "center of world terror."

In an exclusive interview with the New York Post, Sharon said that as soon as Iraq is dealt with, he "will push for Iran to be at the top of the 'to do' list."

"Iran makes every effort to possess weapons of mass destruction … and ballistic missiles … That is a danger to the Middle East, and a danger to Europe,” he said.

Repeating that Iran is "behind terror all around the world,” Sharon claimed Iran was working with terrorist groups to harm Israel.

Some reports have indicated that Iran, a Russian ally, is in a state of de facto war with Israel in providing as much as $100 million to Hezbollah, one of the main groups using homicide bombers within Israel.

Regarding Europe, Sharon says that his relationships with its leaders are good, but that he has a problem with the continent. "I told them many times that I would like to see Europe more involved … I should say regretfully that there is no balanced approach,” meaning that he thinks the Europeans are far too sympathetic toward the Palestinians.

He has eased his view of negotiations with the Palestinians. He told the Post: "There are those among the Palestinians who understand that they will not be able to achieve anything by force. Those that are ready to speak peace, I am ready to talk and negotiate with. As a matter of fact, I am in contact with them now.”

These people presumably do not include Yasser Arafat, with whom the Israelis would rather not negotiate any more, as they want him ousted as leader of the Palestinians. Sharon shares many of his views with his new defense minister,

Sharon believes he can make peace with the Arabs. "I think I am one of the only ones [with] the power and strength to tell the citizens of Israel what they have to do … to make painful compromises.”

And if Sharon loses leadership of his party and Israel before any of these goals can be accomplished? He replied, "I am 74 years old … I don’t have any further political ambitions.”

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