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    Israel claims Iran as top terror source

    Israel has claimed Iran has replaced Saddam Hussein as the number one source of terrorism and has called on the international community to stand up to Tehran.

    "There was a time when the problems of terror, Islamic fundamentalism and Iranian nuclear ambition were seen as local problems - Israel's problems," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

    "The international community now realises that Iran - with missiles that can reach London, Paris, Berlin and southern Russia - does not only pose a threat to the security of Israel but to the security and stability of the whole world," he said.

    "Iran has replaced Saddam Hussein as the world's number one exporter of terror, hate and instability," Mr Shalom said.

    "I call on this assembly to address head-on the active involvement of Iran and Syria in terrorism," he said.

    The minister also said the assembly, which has passed hundreds of resolutions criticising Israel and holds regular meetings on the Palestinian conflict, should pursue other work.

    "The Palestinian side spends more energy fighting Israel here at the UN than it does fighting terrorists in its own territory," Mr Shalom said.

    "I call on this assembly to end its obsession with Israel and to ensure that UN resources are allocated more equally and more effectively," he said.

    "We must not let the Palestinian desire to vilify Israel distract our global community from the obligation to address the needs of all people," he said.

    He appealed for a special assembly session to address anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance.


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