Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu: Rouhani Trying to Buy Time

Iranian President's speech at the UN was “cynical and full of hypocrisy,” declares Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 9/25/2013, 1:42 AM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly was “cynical and full of hypocrisy,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night.

In a statement he released shortly after Rouhani’s speech, Netanyahu said that the speech reflects the Iranian plan, namely to "talk and buy time in order to promote the ability of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.”

“Rouhani spoke about human rights while Iranian forces are taking part in the massacre of innocent civilians in Syria, he condemned terrorism while the Iranian regime carries out terrorism in dozens of countries around the world," said Netanyahu, who added that although Rouhani said that nuclear weapons "contradict Iranian morality" a report by the UN’s atomic agency indicates otherwise.

“It is not for nothing that the speech did not contain any practical proposal to stop Iran’s military nuclear program and there was no commitment to follow the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Netanyahu said.

“It is a good thing that the Israeli delegation did not sit in the room [while Rouhani was talking], it would have given legitimacy to a regime that does not recognize that the Holocaust took place and which has publicly declared its desire to wipe Israel off the map,” he added, referring to his earlier instruction to the Israeli delegation not to be present during Rouhani’s speech.

“I will not allow the Israeli delegation to be part of a cynical public relations show by a regime that denies the Holocaust and calls for our destruction,” concluded Netanyahu.