President Reuven Rivlin received foreign ambassadors Monday with a thinly veiled warning that the P5+1 deal with Iran doesn’t mean that “with one click of a pen, Iran becomes a member of the club.”
At his second ore-Rosh HaShanah reception for more than 100 foreign envoys since he became president,
President Rivlin said:
Iran continues to threaten stability in the region and around the world. Their backing of terror, in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, makes Iran’s nuclear ambitions, truly terrifying – not just for Israel, but for all.
It cannot be that with one flick of a pen, Iran becomes a member of the club, and instead the world turns to single out the victim of Iran’s aggression. It cannot be that in one moment of diplomacy the reality is changed so completely. We know too well that real political change requires education, confidence building, and dialogue. None of which can happen overnight.
Cameroon Ambassador Henry Etoundi Essomba, speaking as dean of the diplomatic corps, wished the Jewish People a happy new year and noted that “on the humanitarian front, Israel can be proud to belong to coalition of countries always prepared to assist people facing humanitarian crises around the world – as was the case after the earthquake in Nepal.”
He said nothing about Iran or the nuclear agreement.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu