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Iran’s President-Elect Calls Israel a ‘Miserable Country,’ Rejects Call for Nuclear Halt

July 18, 2013 12:35 pm 6 comments

Newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Much like his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s President-elect Hasan Rouhani claims he does not fear a strike on his country’s nuclear installations, and he’s churning up his rhetoric.

“When some say that all options are on the table and when a miserable regional country says such things, it makes you laugh,” Rouhani said, according to Al-Jazeera English.

Addressing Iran-Iraq war veterans on Wednesday, Rouhani added: “Who are the Zionists to threaten us?”

Netanyahu on Sunday renewed his threat to take unilateral military against Iran to stop its advance toward nuclear arms capability.

“They’re edging up to the red line. They haven’t crossed it yet,” the Israeli prime minister told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“He’s [Rouhani] criticizing his predecessor for being a wolf in wolf’s clothing. His strategy is be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Smile and build a bomb.”

Rouhani said that fears of Iranian retaliation have stopped Israel from launching strikes on the country’s nuclear weapons program so far.

Rouhani, hailed as a moderate by many pundits, also said that halting Iran’s nuclear development is more urgent for Israel than it is for the US and that Iran must be aware that Israel is “prepared to take military action.”

Western nations believe Iran is seeking the means to make atomic bombs, and have demanded Tehran abandon its most sensitive nuclear work. But Iran denies the charge and claims the program is for energy and medical research.

6 Comments

  • With moderates like this, who needs a radical?

  • per l’arretratezza con cui gli ayattollah hanno ridotto l’iran è chiaro che per loro israele è unn miserabile paese,è troppo moderno troppo libero,troppo differente dalla loro idea di società arretrata chiusa e diciamo pure selvaggia

    Eds.: “for the backwardness with which ayattollah have reduced iran is clear that Israel is miserable for their country; it is too modern, too free, too different from their idea of “‹”‹a closed backward society, and let’s call it wild”

  • You will only find some true moderates among the 600 candidates that were not allowed to run for office. All those that ran and Rouhani are all extremists whose styles vary but whose actions and goals are the same as the Supreme Leader. Misogynistic, Homophobic and of course, rabidly Anti-Semitic.

  • They are mentally ill. Only some medical treatment can help their distorted mind.

  • Joel Keller

    …and Rouhani’s “Iran” is a blessed paradise, right? He doesn’t know his ass from his elbow.

    Israel is a modern, sophisticated, democratic country. Iran is a backwater, dumbed-down, lunacracy.

    If there has ever been a “miserable” country, Iran wins the prize. Along with Zimbabwe!!

    • dan kaufman

      Iran is a great country in the hands of religious fanatics.
      the people ought to get rid from them, before they
      bring disaster unto the country

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