Skepticism Reigns Supreme As Israel’s PM Netanyahu Stays Suspicious Of Friendly Iran

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Sameera Ehteram
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's U.N. address was "cynical" and Tehran was stalling for time in order to develop nuclear arms. Bibi, as Benjamin Netanyahu is known as, is quite wary of a friendly Iran and he may be the only one making sense.. Netanyahu has every reason to doubt Tehran and the epitome-of-moderation-Rouhani.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's U.N. address was "cynical" and Tehran was stalling for time in order to develop nuclear arms. Bibi, as Benjamin Netanyahu is known as, is quite wary of a friendly Iran and he may be the only one making sense.. Netanyahu has every reason to doubt Tehran and the epitome-of-moderation-Rouhani.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s United Nations speech resounded with hope of a new beginning. Newly elected Rouhani said that he was prepared to engage in "time-bound and results-oriented" nuclear talks. Adding, that Iran does not want any increase in tensions with the United States.

"I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly," Rouhani said. "Commensurate with the political will of the leadership in the United States and hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences."

As the world hails the moderate stance of a post-Ahmedinejad Iran, Netanyahu is not buying the sudden change of stance.  In fact, Bibi considers the whole episode nothing more than a public relations stunt to lull the west into believing that Tehran has softened its stance on its nuclear weapons program. “It was a cynical speech full of hypocrisy,” said Netanyahu.

Rouhani assured world leaders at the General Assembly in New York that Iran’s nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and that nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction had no place in his country.

He held that Iran wants to constructively engage with other countries and to decrease tensions with the United States. Rouhani went as far as pinpointing forces, who would want otherwise by saying he hoped the US would not “follow the short sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups.”

Mr. Netanyahu commented later on that he would welcome a diplomatic solution that dismantled Iran's capacity to develop nuclear arms. However, he added that Israel "will not be fooled by half-measures that merely provide a smokescreen for Iran's continual pursuit of nuclear weapons and the world should not be fooled either".

Adding that,“Like North Korea before it, Iran will try to remove sanctions by offering cosmetic concessions, while preserving its ability to rapidly build a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing.”

The world may be swayed by the new, more moderate Iran, and may even take Netanyahu’s statement as a hard-line attitude.

Mark Glenn, a journalist and co-founder of Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, an open forum that seeks to unite both Muslims and Christians and resist the forces of Zionism, thinks Netanyahu is “irrational and because he refuses to go the route of diplomacy he is isolating Israel diplomatically, isolating Israel politically.”
However, there is no denying that Netanyahu may well be justified in being skeptical of Iran’s sudden change of stance. Iran, that not even a year ago, scoffed off any efforts of diplomacy, was proudly adamant of its nuclear program,   suddenly seems to have done an about face.

The elections that brought Rouhani at the helm in Iran just took place in June this year. Even the election of a much moderate candidate came as a surprise to many. Rouhani is the polar opposite of the hardliner Ahmedinejad who promoted a government approved dress code for women, had no love lost for Jews and is known to have said, ‘the world must know the Zionists are to be gone’ and verbally attacked the US every chance he got, even at the UN.

However, analysts are aware of the fact that it is not the men leading the country on a political front that really rule Iran. Raqther, it is Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the current the Supreme Leader of Iran, who makes all the rules and gives a go-ahead on everything.

Khomeini was behind Ahmedinejad and runs Iran as a conservative Islamic state. He has been strictly against Iranian students pursuing and practicing music, art and traveling abroad to "the land of non-believers" and disqualified all female candidates from participating in the elections. And Khomeini supports Rouhani, otherwise he will not be at the helm right now.

So, when Rouhani tweets of his pride in female athletes from Iran, wishes Jews ‘a blessed Rosh Hashanah’ and claims that, "Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews as well as non-Jews, was reprehensible and condemnable," one does suspect something fishy.

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