The best response to Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-hyped Congress speech came from The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. The way he dismissed Netanyahu’s statement that he speaks for all Jews and slammed the Boehner-Netanyahu collaboration was absolutely brilliant and spot-on.
However, one more reaction that is equally interesting and important has come from none other than the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (After all, it’s his country Bibi asked the U.S. to strike in his address.)
Rouhani, a moderate cleric who was elected as president in 2013, stated in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the world and the American people know better than to listen to “an aggressive and occupier regime” that itself has an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
“The world is happy with the progress in the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1,” he said, referring to the peace negotiations with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. “Only one aggressive and occupier regime [Israel] is angry with the talks because it sees its existence tied with war and occupation.”
“People of the world and America are too smart to take advice from such a war-mongering regime … which has pursued, produced and stockpiled a large number of atomic bombs in violation of international laws and away from the eyes of international inspectors.” Rouhani added while highlighting the fact that while Iran is a signatory of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Israel is not.
Apart from Rouhani, U.S. President Barack Obama also criticized Netanyahu’s speech, saying the Israeli leader offered no viable alternative to a peace deal with Iran.
"I am not focused in the politics of this, I am not focused on the theater," Obama stated. "As far as I can tell, there was nothing new. On the core issue, which is how to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would make it far more dangerous, the prime minister did not offer any viable alternatives."