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Iran Missiles Tested as ZOA Praises Obama for U.S. Ambassador Walkout

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Iran has recently tested short-range missiles, including similar missiles to the ones the terrorist group Hamas fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last fall during the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Associated Press reported, citing Iran’s Fars news agency.

The missiles fired were of the Nazeat-10 and Fajr-5 varieties, according to the report. Fajr-5 missiles were also the type of rockets fired by Hamas at Israel in November. They have a range of 45 miles, and the Nazeat-10 missiles have a range of about 62 miles.

Iran has admitted to supplying Hamas with the technology to produce such weapons. On March 7, ambassadors from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada walked out of a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after the Iranian ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, accused Israel of having “a dark record of genocide.”

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton A. Klein praised the Obama administration for the walkout. “It is not a small matter when any country, let alone a rogue state like Iran, describes a fellow democracy and ally of the U.S. as guilty of ‘genocide,'” he said in a statement.

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“Genocide is a most heinous crime and one that carries major legal consequences… When Iran uses this language, it is used as its warrant for aggression against Israel and as justification for treating it as a pariah,” Klein said.

“The charge of genocide is doubly vicious coming from the Iranian ambassador, because the regime he represents has…expressed the intention to commit genocide by calling for Israel to be wiped from the page of history. It is also a regime seeking to acquire the nuclear weaponry that would make obliterating Israel a practical possibility. We commend U.S. Ambassador McManus for walking out of this meeting,” he added.

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