PM says Iran overtures a ruse,Israel wont allow Tehran to get nuclear weapon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by Irans new president as a ruse concocted by a wolf in sheeps clothing, and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to deny Tehran an atomic weapon.
In a combative address to the UN General Assembly,Netanyahu assailed the trustworthiness of Hassan Rouhani,Irans centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the United States and spoke by telephone last week with President Barack Obama.
Rouhani doesnt sound like Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu said,referring to Rouhanis hardline predecessor,Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,whose annual United Nations assembly addresses were stridently anti-Western and anti-Israel.
But when it comes to Irans nuclear weapons program,the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolfs clothing,Rouhani is a wolf in sheeps clothing,a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community, Netanyahu said.
This is a ruse, Netanyahu added. Its a ploy.
Netanyahus address,the last at this years gathering of world leaders in New York,reflected Israeli worries that the emerging signs of what could become a US-Iranian rapprochement might lead to a premature easing of international sanctions and military threats designed to deny Iran the means to make a bomb.
Dont let up the pressure, Netanyahu said,adding that the only deal that could be made with Rouhani was one that fully dismantles Irans nuclear weapons program.
Netanyahu made clear that Israel,believed to possess the Middle Easts only atomic arsenal,was prepared to resort to unilateral military action against Iran if it deems diplomacy a dead end.
I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone,Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone,Israel will know that we will be defending many,many others, the Israeli Prime Minister said.
Iran parliament backs Rouhani
DUBAI: Irans parliament strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhanis diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama,Iranian media said. A group of 230 parliamentarians,out of 290,signed a statement expressing their support of Rouhani for presenting the image of a powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues,Fars news agency said. AP