Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Saturday that he will devote his efforts to persuade Western countries and the world not to fall into the “smiles and sweet-talking Iranian trap”. Netanyahu’s statement came ahead of his departure to United States, where he is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama and participate in the deliberations of the UN General Assembly.
Netanyahu said that he will protect Israel’s security and interests. Meanwhile, Israeli observers acknowledge that Mr Netanyahu’s task will not be easy, especially after the historic phone call between US President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Friday.
Ma’ariv news site reported that Netanyahu will launch a media campaign against Iran, warning of “a hasty agreement between Iran and Western nations over Iran’s nuclear project”. Netanyahu will draw comparisons to the West experience with North Korea, which continued to advance its nuclear programme despite reaching an agreement with Western countries.
Sources close to Netanyahu, as announced by Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, acknowledge that his task is almost impossible to achieve as the new Iran dazzles the West. However, Netanyahu asserted that he will tell the “truth” even if he remains alone before the world, which Israeli observers consider a “strategic error”.
According to Netanyahu’s office, the Prime Minister plans to meet with US President Barack Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday then he will meet with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Israeli newspapers said, that Netanyahu will devote his speech and his meetings in the US to the Iranian issue, and to the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.