Netanyahu’s angst over Obama-Rohani phone call



October, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is clearly a worried man. His frothing at the UN did not go down well. Few believed his allegations against Iran and fewer still were prepared to sit through his diatribe. He must have felt very lonely and dejected. The world is getting tired of zionist whining when they are the biggest oppressors and torturers in the world.

New York, Crescent Online
October 02, 2013, 19:54 EDT

Benjamin Netanyahu has been left frothing at his mouth. His clownish performance at the UN General Assembly yesterday trying to talk up the alleged threat from Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons program did not go down well at all. First, there were not many delegates present to listen to the venom pouring forth from his mouth.

Only a day earlier he had given an earful to US President Barack Obama about his contact with Iran’s President Hassan Rohani. Netanyhu’s repetition of allegations against Iran has left the world tired of his rantings. When he described President Rohani’s diplomatic approach as “onslaught of smiles”, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif retorted on ABC News, it is better to have an “onslaught of smiles” than an “onslaught of lies”, referring to the pack of lies Netanyahu has been repeating.

Few missed the irony, including many Israeli journalists, of Netanyahu talking about Iran’s nuclear program, while Israel is the only nuclear weapons country in the Middle East. Also, an international conference on making the region nuclear free zone was sabotaged by the US and Israel. The conference, sponsored by the UN was to be held in Helsinki last December but was postponed indefinitely.

Netanyahu’s angst was aroused even more because Obama initiated the phone call to President Rohani last Friday as the latter was on his way to the airport following an extremely successful five days in New York.

The phone conversation was the first direct contact between presidents of the two countries in over 30 years. The subject of the discussion was Iran’s nuclear program, which the United States and Israel has treated with blatant hostility.

Obama described the phone call to the White House press: "Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rohani of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. I reiterated to President Rohani what I said in New York. While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution."

The call has marked a new move by the US and Iran to normalize relations between the two countries, at least overtly on the surface. In his Twitter feed, Rohani said that he told Obama "Have a Nice Day!" and Obama responded with "Thank you. Khodahafez." He added that the two men "expressed their mutual political will to rapidly solve the nuclear issue."

President Rohani’s mission is to alleviate concerns regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear program but more importantly to have the sanctions that the US and its allies have imposed on Iran lifted as soon as possible. He has rightly described these sanctions as illegal and inhumane because of the devastating impact they have had on ordinary people in Iran, especially those in need of medicines that cannot be imported.

President Rohani has also asked aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the US for the first time in more than three decades. Iran’s ISNA news agency quoted Akbar Torkan, a senior government official, as saying on Monday that Mr. Rohani wants to study the options of direct flights.

It is also likely that by such a move to normalization, Iran may be seeking to gain some international pull in order to diplomatically influence the Syria situation. Speaking to reporters in New York on Friday as he prepared to leave the US, President Rohani said Iran would offer its help "without any preconditions" for a diplomatic solution in Syria because if that country were to fragment it would be "extremely dangerous for the region."


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