Netanyahu: Israel not ‘deluding’ itself after victory by relative moderate in Iran election

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is not “deluding” itself following the victory of relative moderate Hassan Rohani, who had the backing of reformists, in the Iranian presidential election.

Hassan Rohani, president-elect of Iran. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“We are not deluding ourselves when it comes to the results of the Iranian election,” Netanyahu said Sunday at his weekly cabinet meeting, Israel Hayom reported. “The international community must not get hung up on its own wishful thinking and become tempted to ease the pressure on Iran.”

“The more the pressure on Iran increases, the greater the likelihood that Iran's nuclear program, which remains the biggest threat to world peace, will be stopped,” Netanyahu added. “Fifteen years ago, the election of another president considered moderate by the West did not change this aggressive policy. Over the last 20 years, the only thing that has brought about a temporary freeze of the Iranian nuclear program was Iran’s fear of an attack in 2003. Iran will be judged by its deeds. If it continues to insist on its nuclear program, the response should be obvious—stopping the nuclear program in any way possible.”

Posted on June 17, 2013 .