Mohammed “Rouhani is continuing with the Iranian show of deception,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday after the Iranian president’s speech to the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos.
Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to engage in constructive cooperation for promoting global energy security, drawing on its vast oil and gas resources. I hereby announce that one of the theoretical and practical priorities of my government is constructive engagement with the world.”
He limited his definition of the world to those countries that Iran recognizes- in other words, a world without Israel.
Rouhani also said with a straight face, “We never sought and will never seek nuclear weapons. I declare that a nuclear weapon has no place in our security strategy.”
The media lapped up the loving words, but Netanyahu warned everyone not to be fooled.
“At a time when Rouhani condemns the killing of innocents, dozens of innocents were recently executed in Iran,” said the Prime Minister. “At a time when Rouhani talks about a positive approach to technology, he prevents Iranians from freely surfing the Internet. At a time when Rouhani talks about peace with the countries of the Middle East, he refuses – even today – to recognize the existence of the State of Israel, and his regime daily calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
“At a time when Rouhani claims that Iran is not interested in a nuclear project for military purposes, Iran continues to strengthen its centrifuges and heavy water reactor, and to arm itself with intercontinental missiles, the sole purpose of which is for nuclear weapons….
“The goal of the Iranian ayatollahs’ regime, which is hiding behind Rouhani’s smiles, is to ease sanctions without conceding on their program to produce nuclear weapons.”