US, Israel Have Vastly Different Opinions of New Iran President

Monday, 05 Aug 2013 04:19 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Washington and Israel have strong differing views on the importance of Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s inauguration, with Washington indicating it is ready to work with Iran and Jerusalem warning that the new regime remains a threat to world peace, according to The Jerusalem Post.
 
“The inauguration of President Rouhani presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement shortly after Rouhani was sworn in.
 
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“Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States,” he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly differed saying the world should not be “taken in” by Rouhani’s perceived moderation.

 “The president of Iran has been replaced, but the goal of the regime has not been replaced, it remains as it was,” he continued. “Iran’s intention is to develop a nuclear capability and nuclear weapons in order to destroy the State of Israel, and this constitutes a danger not only to us and the Middle East, but the entire world, and we are all committed to prevent this.”

Rouhani, meanwhile, has picked a Cabinet of experienced technocrats for his government, saying he hoped confidence-building with foreign powers would help resolve the nuclear dispute and ease international sanctions, according to the Post.

“The only way for interaction with Iran is dialogue on an equal footing, confidence-building, and mutual respect, as well as reducing antagonism and aggression,” Rouhani said in a speech after taking the oath of office in parliament.

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