“I am deeply concerned about the latest threats against Israel by the Iranian regime,” wrote in a note MP Andrea Orsini (Forza Italia), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Parliament’s Lower House.
In a congratulatory message to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Pasdar Day, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Force General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri praised the militia for its anti-Zionist determination: “No power is capable of defeating the brave Pasdars.”
Pasdar is the Persian word for a member of the Pasdaran, i.e. a revolutionary guard. Pasdar Day falls on the birth anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammed, which this year fell on March 16.
Baqeri went on to make a sequence of inflammatory remarks: “Before entering the second step of the [Islamic] Revolution, [Iran] has developed the capacity for the annihilation of the Zionist regime and, by God’s grace, the elimination of the bogus, child-murdering and hateful regime from the political geography of the region.”
“Once again — Orsini said in response — Iran makes no secret of its threats and belligerent intentions against Israel.”
The Iranian regime continues to pose a real and present danger for peace in the Middle East. According to the Italian MP, “Europe and the West can no longer ignore the threats of destruction from an intolerant and oppressive regime against a free and democratic country.”
Orsini makes a strong point. Israel is capable of defending itself against any aggression, but the international community can’t continue to turn a blind eye to hate speech. Pressing the comity of states to condemn Iran’s bellicose rhetoric is a duty towards Israel, allied Arab countries, and to the Iranian people, who predominantly don’t share the views of the regime.
Orsini concluded stating, “Diplomatic relations with Iran should start take its hostility against Israel into account.” Orsini’s sage advice needs to resonate among his colleagues in the Italian parliament.