Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu compared Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei to Adolf Hitler, during a visit to Moscow today.
‘Hitler first began conquering the world and then started to develop nuclear arms. Khamenei is going the opposite way,’ Netanyahu said ahead of a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The Israeli premier Iran’s controversial nuclear programme was once more in the spotlight in view of the upheavals in the Middle East, the news agency Ria Novosti reported.
The growing tensions in the region ‘increase various risks, and radical Islamic movements could take advantage of these risks,’ Netanyahu told journalists, referring to Iran.
‘The most important thing now is not to allow Iran to develop its own nuclear arms,’ he said. ‘If they manage to develop nuclear arms this regime will never fall. And they will threaten other countries.’
He said: ‘Iran is controlled by Khamenei. I see his bigotry and hatred for the modern world.’
The Israeli leader accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also visiting Moscow, of not wanting to resume peace talks with Israel.
Abbas, he said, travels all over the world, but had no desire to visit Israel.
The Palestinian leader met Medvedev on Tuesday. After the talks, he announced a meeting of the Middle East Quartet in Berlin on April 15.
Russia, which is a member of the diplomatic foursome along with the UN, EU and US, has been trying to play a mediating role in the Middle East for years.