Rouhani, Obama, and ‘the Scrooge’

In his ‘Iranophobia’ speech at the UN General Assembly on October 1, 2013, Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned world leaders not be fooled by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani’s charm. But, it seems, Barack Obama, has become accustomed to Netanyahu’s whining. Obama called Rouhani on telephone and both talked for 15 minutes.

Former Congressman and 2012 presidential hopeful, Ron Paul, lauded Obama for taking the initiative.

I have been saying for years that we should just talk to the Iranians. After all, we talked to the Soviets when they actually had thousands of nuclear missiles pointed at us! The Iranians have none, according to our own intelligence services. I even suggested a few years ago that we should “offer friendship” to them. Unfortunately, so many so-called experts have a stake in keeping tensions high and pushing us to war. They did not want to hear what I was saying. It seems, though, this is beginning to change now with these recent events,” said Paul. Read complete post here.

John B. Judis writing at Jewish New Republic, slammed Netanyahu for bad-mouthing and being “hypocrite” in his October 1 speech at the UNGA.

Netanyahu’s speech was rife with questionable claims. He contended that Iran is developing intercontinental ballistic missiles “whose sole purpose is to deliver nuclear warheads.” And he warned that these missiles would be able to reach New York “in three or four years. So far, Iran has never flight-tested a long-range ballistic missile—neither a 5,500 km range ICBM nor a 3,000-5,500 km range intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). Moreover, in striking contrast to its active pursuit of short- and medium-range missiles, Iran has never declared or demonstrated an interest in developing longer-range systems,” said Judis.

Netanyahu’s speech was filled with head-scratching hypocrisy that must have amused those UN delegates that it didn’t enrage. Israel, of course, has nuclear weapons, which it developed secretly 50 years ago, but which it has never acknowledged possessing. And unlike Iran, it is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Yet there was Netanyahu denouncing Rouhani and the Iranians for “deceit and secrecy” in developing nuclear weapons,” added Judis. 

On October 7, 2013, former US ambassador to Mauritania, lecturer at Iran’s Shiraz University (1969-72), and one of the 52 US embassy staff held for plotting against the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Dr. John Limbert, posted at the Washington-based Middle East Institute website, saying: “We have embarked on a difficult and unfamiliar path to overcome decades of hostility.  What I can predict, however, is that once Iranian and American representatives begin talking – if not as friends then as representatives of states that have matters to discuss – they will soon ask themselves: “What was all the fuss about, and why did we waste 34 years quarreling?”

On October 2, 2013, American Jewish writer and author, Stephen Lendman, posted on his blog: “Israeli and US anti-Iranian hostility is longstanding. Nothing suggests likely change. Obama’s telephonic outreach to President Rohani means nothing. Hardline US policy remains firm. Netanyahu’s demands are way over-the-top. No nation would accept them. None should. He insists Iran forego its legitimate rights.”

On September 28, 2013, Marc H. Ellis, American Jewish writer, author and peace activist, wrote: “The Iranian leader is painted by the Jewish establishments in America and Israel as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Internationally, Netanyahu is seen as a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”

Anyone, who knew Netanyahu’s background, would prefer to trust Rouhani’s words than fooled by Netanyahu’s hasbara lies. For the record, Hassan Rouhani, while studying for his Ph.D, in Britain, did not take educational loans or worked for living. On the other hand, Benjamin Netanyahu took educational loans during his studies at MIT, which he never paid back, and cheated on US taxes while working as a furniture salesman under four different names (Benjamin Netanyahu, Benjamin Nitai, John Jay Sullivan and John Jay Sullivan Jr.). Netanyahu holds US-Israel dual citizenship, while Rouhani doesn’t have any foreign citizenship.

 Personally, I tends to agree with Stephen Lendman.
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