President Shim'on Peres responded, Thursday, to the low-keyed approach of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by saying, "I think it's part of a new puzzle. People voted for him not because he is a revolutionary but because he was the least extreme and most reasonable. All of us are concerned about the enrichment of uranium but there is a wider picture. Dictatorships only seem strong but they are the weakest, an Iranian Spring is possible; don't underestimate the power and ability of the people."
Referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during an interview at the start of the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, President Peres said, "Khamenei says that religion forbids the nuclear weapons, then why do they develop long range missiles with warheads capable of carrying nuclear weapons? Those missiles have no civilian purpose. As long as they keep enriching uranium, developing long range missiles, supporting the revolutionary guard then they will remain prisoners of their own work. It is not just a matter of speeches; they have complicated themselves into an impossible system."