Iran’s Rouhani laughs off Israeli nuclear warnings

Iran's president-elect Hasan Rouhani at a press conference, in Tehran on June 17, 2013. (photo credit: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

After Netanyahu says he ‘won’t wait until it’s too late,’ Iran’s president-elect asks, ‘Who are the Zionists to threaten us?’

Times of Israel

Iranian president-elect Hasan Rouhani on Wednesday laughed off recent statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged to do whatever was necessary to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.

On Sunday, Netanyahu told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “if [Iran’s leaders] think that Israel will let them do it, they’re sorely mistaken.”

Netanyahu also made a similar comment to his cabinet, calling for a “credible military threat” against Iran, together with harsher sanctions.

On Wednesday, Rouhani addressed a group of veterans of the Iran-Iraq War. He told the group, “When some [the United States and Israel] say that all options are on the table and when a miserable regional country [Israel] says such things, it makes you laugh,” according to an AFP report.

“Who are the Zionists to threaten us?” said Rouhani, adding that Israel has not carried out threatened strikes on Iran due to fear of Iranian retaliation.

Rouhani, who will enter office in August, is seen by many as a relative moderate who may be more open to detente with the West.

However, on Tuesday he was quoted as saying Iran’s close ties with Syria and Hezbollah would remain unchanged.

The official IRNA news agency cited Rouhani as saying the Iranian-Syrian alliance would be able to confront “enemies in the region, especially the Zionist regime.”

According to the semi-official Fars News, Rouhani “lauded the Syrian nation for its resistance against Western plots” and said Syria would “overcome its current crisis.”

Rouhani also wrote to the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, saying Iran backs the “steadfast nation” of Lebanon and the Palestinians, a reference to the Hamas terror group.

The notes reflect Rouhani’s intentions to emphasize links to Iran’s key regional allies even as he urges for greater outreach to the West.

Earlier Tuesday, Iran’s foreign ministry said that Israel’s prime minister seeks to damage relations between Iran and the world, referring to the Jewish state as “a warmonger regime.”

Netanyahu has urged the US and the West to up pressure on Tehran, despite the election of Rouhani. “There’s a new president in Iran,” he said. “He’s criticizing his predecessor for being a wolf in wolf’s clothing. His strategy is to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Smile and build a bomb.”

Rouhani, a former top nuclear negotiator for Iran, will be sworn in on August 3, replacing outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Tehran would be ready to resume nuclear talks with world powers as soon as Rouhani puts together his negotiating team.

Salehi’s comments followed a meeting in Brussels with members of the P5+1 group that reopened talks with Iran last year.

EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the group — the five permanent UN Security Council nations plus Germany — sought to quickly resume negotiations, which have failed so far to make significant headway. No date has been proposed.

  1. #1 by Henry James Garner on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    Kinda rich, accusing Rouhani of being a wolf in sheepskins. These guys’ motto is what Leviticus supposedly gave them. Make War by DECEPTION. How vile.

  2. #2 by lolathecur on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    It appears that the people of Iran have elected the right man for the job once again.if we could only do so well in us of i.

  3. #3 by rehmat1 on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    The President-elect, Hassan Rouhani (born 1948), aka “Diplomat Sheikh”, is a Shia cleric (Mujtahid) and a former member of Majlis (parliament) for 20 years. He held several senior government and religious positions during Ayatullahs Rafsanjani and Khattami regimes. However, when Dr. Ahmadinejad, an academic took over the presidency by securing 64.4% of total votes cast, Hassan Rouhani resigned as country’s chief nuclear negotiator after 16 years at that post and a member of Supreme National Security Council. This was enough reason for the Zionist-controlled mainstream media to elevate him as “moderate (Reformist)”. In Zionist mentality, anyone who criticises Ahmadinejad, Chavez or Nasrallah, is a “statesman” and whosoever, criticizes Benjamin Netanyahu, is an antisemite.

  4. #4 by John Duffy on 07/20/2013 - 9:34

    The jews are like spoiled brats. WAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! The west seems to be drawing the line about further intervention. Netanyahu must be livid. He’s losing his grip on the Goyim. I would love to see the jews go it alone for once. Who wouldn’t love to see them slaughtered? Imagine an IDF coward who got captured by an Arab enemy. He’d shit himself. How great would it be if Hezbollah or Syria or Iran captured hundreds of Israeli murderers? They’d make great hostages, and how the jews back home would wail! A few body bags and a bunch of IDF prisoners would be great for an Israeli attitude adjustment. If worse human scum ever existed, I don’t know who it would be.

    This entire conflict is a result of Israel’s war-mongering and nothing else. If Israel didn’t exist, everything would be fine, although the US has a hard time leaving well enough alone. Too bad Iran isn’t our ally instead of the pariah, terrorist state of Israel.

    MG is right; the Gentiles have had many chances to suffocate the Zionist baby in the cradle, and failed to do so. They allowed the rattlesnake eggs to hatch.They failed to dump the mosquito larvae-filled water container. They failed to dispose of the carcass and allowed flies to lay their eggs on it. Now look where we are. They’ve even allowed the parasites to hijack the Christian religion. Incredible. If there ever is a Gentile blow back against the jew swine, it will be like a nuclear explosion. Hopefully, that’s exactly what it will be.

  5. #5 by John Duffy on 07/20/2013 - 9:34

    Gather up all the Salafists, Wahabis and Jews, give them swords, corral them into a vast arena and let them fight to the death. Whoever wins then gets machine-gunned.

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