Netanyahu Pushes Back on Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the UN General Assembly was criticized by the American daily, The New York Times, which considered that sabotaging diplomacy before Iran is tested  would be the worst result of all.

According to NYT, Netanyahu used, in his “aggressive” speech sarcasm and combative words to convey that Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is determined to continue building a nuclear weapons arsenal despite his positive rhetoric.

The New York Times emphasized that it could be disastrous if Netanyahu and his supporters in Congress were so blinded by distrust of Iran that they exaggerate the threat, block President Obama from taking advantage of new diplomatic openings and sabotage the best chance to establish a new relationship since the 1979 Iranian revolution sent American-Iranian relations into the deep freeze.

“Mr. Rouhani and the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have insisted repeatedly that Iran wants only to develop nuclear energy and that obtaining a nuclear weapon would harm the country’s security”, the daily pointed out.

The American newspaper also highlighted the Iranian anger after Obama and Netanyahu said that the military option is still on the table.

NYT considered that the Iranian and the American presidents must surpass the hardline voices which attempt to undermine the possibilities of reaching a peaceful end for the nuclear dispute.

“For Mr. Obama, that means working closely with the Zionist entity and helping Netanyahu see that sabotaging diplomacy, especially before Iran is tested, only makes having to use force more likely. That would be the worst result of all”.

Source: Al Manar

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