Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Meet Rouhani, the Moderate Iranian Leader

Look at the human rights violations in Iran, then look at Rouhani's household - and tell me if Rouhani is a "moderate".
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 12:49 AM


With all of the media blabber about how Hassan Rouhani is a moderate, the man with a golden tongue wo is going to address the United Nations and who was previously known as the ‘diplomatic sheikh” is yet to show that his words will lead to any changes in Iran.

Nuclear plans continue and very little about human rights violations in Iran has changed.

For positive PR value, this week Iran released a dozen prominent political prisoners in advance of a visit next week by Iran's new president to New York to speak at the United Nations.

Contrast that with  American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is in jail for the past year on charges related to his Christian faith. You don't hear about him from Rouhani.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a constitutional and human rights law advocacy group representing Saeed’s wife and two children, has called the pastor’s eight-year judgment “a virtual death sentence.”

“With each passing day in prison, the situation facing this American pastor becomes more grave,” said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ. “For one year now he has been illegally imprisoned—365 days that has been extremely difficult and dangerous for Pastor Saeed and increasingly trying for his wife and children. We realize that international attention—including a statement by President Obama which has yet to come—is a critical part of a global strategy to keep the spotlight on Iran, to keep this urgent human and religious rights case at the forefront.

"On this critical anniversary, we invite people of faith everywhere to join us at BeHeardProject.com/Saeed.”

Last month, the Revolutionary Court in Iran rejected the pastor’s appeal, reaffirming his conviction and sentence to eight years in Tehran’s Evin Prison because of his Christian beliefs—beliefs the regime interpret as “crimes against the national security of Iran” [Saeed’s actual charge].

Imagine the world's uproar if this happened in Israel?

And according to Bloomberg, the moderate Iranian President Rohani married his cousin, Sahebeh Arabi, who was 14 years old at the time. She has rarely been seen in public.  Can this even be imagined as happening in Israel?

Prime Minister Netanyahu has rightfully described Rouhani as a  “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Nothing has changed with this so-called moderate’s election – and the media’s continued double standard against Israel shines through it all once again.