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Israel Warns World Not to Be 'Fooled' by Iran

FILE - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen speaking at the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, July 22, 2013.
FILE - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen speaking at the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, July 22, 2013.
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Israel has expressed deep skepticism about the possible emerging rapprochement between Iran and the West, following a media blitz by the Islamic Republic’s new president at the United Nations. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who won Iranian elections in June, is widely seen as a moderate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the West not to be deceived by signs of moderation from Iran.
 
“Israel would welcome a genuine diplomatic solution that truly dismantles Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons. But we 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,” said Netanyahu.
 
Israel is deeply concerned about the enthusiasm the West has shown toward Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, during his visit to the United Nations.
 
To demonstrate his displeasure, Netanyahu instructed Israel’s U.N. delegation to boycott Rouhani’s speech and walk out of the General Assembly.
 
Israel sees Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to its existence. But in his speech, Rouhani said the program is for peaceful purposes.
 
“Nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defense doctrine,” he said, “and contradict its religious and ethical convictions.”
 
Netanyahu said that amounts to “hypocrisy.”
 
“Iran thinks that soothing words and token actions will enable it to continue on its path to the bomb. 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,” said Netanyahu.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama told the General Assembly on Tuesday that he is directing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue a diplomatic agreement on Iran's nuclear program.  Obama said he firmly believes "the diplomatic path must be tested."
 
Israel is urging the international community to leave crippling sanctions in place, saying that Iran is using negotiations to buy more time to reach nuclear capability. Israeli leaders have also warned that the time for diplomacy is running out, and that if it fails, Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities on its own.
 
The foreign ministers of the five permanent Security Council members, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will meet with their Iranian counterpart later this week to discuss the issue.
 
Iran will top the agenda when Netanyahu meets Obama at the White House next week. The Israeli leader is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

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by: M McL from: usa 93103
September 28, 2013 12:19 PM
Nothing Israel wasn't suspected of.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/28/AR2006042801326.html?referrer=emailarticle


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 26, 2013 7:09 AM
Netanyahu should be very sincere with the fear of Iran's nuclear weapons ambition. A bargain that leaves Iran's centrifuges in place while negotiations are going on, a plan whereby Russia continues to do all it takes to deliver the contract within a shorter time than its original schedule, calls for concern, and Israel under Netanyahu is not fooled a bit. The problem is Mr. Obama's Iran cleavage; never was a president full of inaction as we now see in USA. Which is why it is so easy to take the president in as little as Iran's pretense of friendship. It is catastrophic, to say the least. But the world should see to it that Iran does not have either the centrifuges or the enrichment apparatus in place by the time a deal is reached.

The only positive thing Obama has done in recent times is maintain that military option is still on table of negotiations. But that's just for saying, for Russia knows how to talk him out of it when the time comes - think we're still licking our wounds from Syria red line trip-over. But we should understand that to a very large extent, world peace, not just Middle East regional peace, is at stake if there be confrontation between Israel and Iran. The best the UN and world leaders can do now is ensure that this cause of disunity is removed. Iran can still use nuclear energy supplied from Russia or elsewhere, not necessarily originating in the country. That way, the world can have some peace pending Iran's cure of its obsession with Israel which it sees with extreme hate, Rouhani's "reach out to the Jews" notwithstanding.

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