Netanyahu says Rouhani speech 'cynical', Iran buying time

JERUSALEM, Sept 25 Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:32pm EDT

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JERUSALEM, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's U.N. address was "cynical" and Teheran was stalling for time in order to develop nuclear arms.

"It was a cynical speech full of hypocrisy," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"It had no practical suggestion to stop Iran's military nuclear programme and no commitment to fulfil U.N. Security Council decisions. That exactly is the Iranian plan, to talk and buy time in order to advance Iran's capability to obtain nuclear weapons."

Iran denies it is trying to build nuclear weapons and says its programme is for peaceful purposes.

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RobertFrost wrote:
It is so disingenuous for Prime Minister Netanyahu to sound the usual alarms about Iran’s latest overture to the West, and more so for the Israeli lobbies working feverishly to undermine the intentions of the Obama administration to respond for the first time to such overture.

As with all issues related to Israel, the US would no doubt yield to the Israeli viewpoint, and another opportunity to reach some common grounds with Iran would be lost.

But the hypocrisy of the Israel (and the US) position over the matter of Iran’s nuclear program is breathtaking.

Israel, not only refuses to ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but is actively engaged in producing nuclear weapons at a large center, in Dimona in the Negev, and two airbases equipped for their delivery: Tel Nof Airbase and Tirosh Airbase.

Some 400 devices are reported to be stockpiled, in addition to thousands of tactical nuclear weapons in the form of artillery shells are at advanced locations in the Golan Heights.

The work on ballistic missiles in Israel, funded by the US, continues. Clear statements of “proud” Israeli politicians about their range reaching Iran. Analysis of their payload certainly suggests their capability of carrying large nuclear heads.

This situation never presented a US administration with a problem. The best they could do is not to talk about it. And when a conference was prepared at the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) to discuss “Nuclear-Free Middle East,” last week, President Obama’s emissary could be seen busy working to postpone it, as he did before, and as his predecessors did under two US administrations.

The MapLight website published what might be called a price list, detailing the beneficiaries of the largess of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to the welfare of our democracy (and our representatives). In it one tries hard to dispel the impression that Senator McCain hard line to bombard Syria out of existence has no connection whatsoever to being the second largest recipient at $771,019, but then, 98 of 100 senators must feel indebted to the selfless generosity of AIPAC. A similar list affirms AIPAC’s commitment to ‘enrich’ our democratic life by making it easy for House members to concentrate on their work and forget about election funds!

Of course, dynamiting the new overture of President Rouhani is already underway, as one observed on CNN after Mr. Rouhani’s speech ayt the UN. This of course, has no relation whatsoever to AIPAC’s effort to ‘endow’ our democracy with its favorite wherewithals!

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