By JAVIER MANJARRESThe feisty Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen expressed her concerned over the possible meeting between President Obama and Iran’s new President Rouhani.
“Rouhani has no control over Iran’s nuclear program, and he will not change the regime’s stance on Israel. He is a regime loyalist, staunch supporter of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and vehemently opposes Israel and Jewish State’s right to exist”-Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Iran, an admitted state-sponsor of terrorism, who is suspected of conducting a proxy war against Israel through its support of the terror group Hezbollah, is attempting to come across as a more ‘moderate,’ which as Ros-Lehtinen points out, is nothing more than a “charm offensive” to fool Obama into lifting sanctions, and buying Iran more time to develop their nuclear weapons program.”
Ros-Lehtinen’s colleague and friend in the Congress, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) has been one of the strongest proponents of toughening sanctions against Iran, saying that a”nuclear-armed Iran is an urgent and deadly threat to peace and stability in the Middle East and at home,”adding that “as citizens of the United States–a global power and nuclear leader–we have a priority to make sure that nuclear capability does not get into the wrong hands. We must protect ourselves, and our ally Israel, from the dangers of the Iran regime.”
Here is Ros-Lehtinen’s full statement:
“Rouhani is a master of deceit who has been putting on an all-out charm offensive since he took office, replacing Ahmadinejad. In many ways Rouhani is much more dangerous than Ahmadinejad. At least with Ahmadinejad you get what you see – his hatred for Israel and the United States is not disguised with rhetoric or spurious gestures of goodwill.
Rouhani on the other hand, has managed to fool many with his manipulating words and his dog and pony show, and some have been so hopeful that he will be any different than Ahmadinejad that they have swallowed his act hook, line and sinker.
“Rouhani has no control over Iran’s nuclear program, and he will not change the regime’s stance on Israel. He is a regime loyalist, staunch supporter of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and vehemently opposes Israel and Jewish State’s right to exist.
His latest acts of tweeting a Rosh HaShana message and having the only Jewish member of the Iranian Majlis accompany him at the UN is all just smoke and mirrors.
He will use any opportunity he can to try to fool the U.S. and the West into offering concessions and to stall for time while Iran completes its nuclear weapons program, as he had bragged about doing once before.Believing that he has any other agenda is folly. The Administration must not fall for this charm offensive, and must increase the pressure on the regime with more sanctions until Iran completely abandons its nuclear pursuit and dismantles its program.”
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