Iran's president called yesterday for Israel to "wiped off the map." Russia, who is reported to be helping Iran achieve nuclear technology, is refusing to join in condemnation of Iran's stand. Russia also is refusing to sanction Syria for its role in the assassination of Lebanon's prime minister. As usual, Chabad's 'chief rabbi' of Russia and Putin lackey Berel Lazar has been silent on his goverment's latest actions endangering Israel the west and democracy.
UPDATE: Apparently responding to growing unease with his fawning relationship with Vladimir Putin, Chabad's 'chief rabbi' of Russia has issued a statement of sorts about Iran:
Moscow, October 27, Interfax - The appeal of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to wipe Israel off the international map undermines confidence in the Iranian nuclear program, Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar said on Thursday.
"The statement by the Iranian ruler shows that elementary norms of morals and civilized co-existence are alien to him. Thus, attempts by the Tehran regime to gain access to nuclear technologies look alarming, and their claims of an allegedly peaceful nuclear program can hardly be trusted," he said.
"It seemed in recent decades that the world was close to making tolerance a fundamental principle of international relations. Alas, we can see that this is not so," he said.
Lazar hopes that "the Russian administration will take a new look at the danger and condemn the position of the Iranian administration" following this statement.
Note that all 'chief rabbi' Lazar calls for is for Russia to "condemn the position of the Iranian administration." He does not call for Russia to act against Iran's nuclear program or for Russia to stop doing business with Iran. He does not call for UN sanctions or international intervention. This is a weak statement by an even weaker leader.