Jan 19th 2006
From The Economist print edition
Not so alien, after all.
IRAN'S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Israel is an alien
implantation whose people should return to Europe or perhaps
settle in Alaska.
So it is an irony that Israel's president, Moshe Katzav,
is in fact a Farsi-speaker born in Iran.
Ditto Israel's defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, who is
doubtless preoccupied nowadays with how to destroy Iran's
He is advised by Dan Halutz, Israel's former air-force
commander and now chief of staff.
Lieut-General Halutz was born in Israel, both his parents
in Iran. They seem to have taught him a sense of humour.
Asked how far Israel would go to stop Iran's nuclear
programme, he replied: ³two thousand kilometres².