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November 30, 2013 –SATURDAY- Kislev 27, 5774
Vol I. No.2
"News is the propaganda of the truth" -MJS
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
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In an interview with the Financial Times on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clarified that his country has no intention of disarming its nuclear facilities.
"One hundred percent (no)," he said when asked whether he would concede to the demands of Israel and US hawks. The Iranian president stressed throughout the entire interview that Iran maintains the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. He also tried to minimize the effect that the sanctions are having on Iran.
Rouhani also noted that the interim nuclear deal that was struck and the future negotiations with the world powers is "the best test" of whether trust could be restored between the US and Iran. "Iran-US problems are very complicated and cannot be resolved over a short period of time. Despite the complications, there has been an opening over the past 100 days, which can widen later," he said.
Melding the Hanukkah holiday and foreign affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly vowed to serve as a “light unto the nations” and act against Iran’s nuclear program should diplomacy fail Thursday night.
Speaking at the Western Wall for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony, Netanyahu compared Iran’s nuclear program to a darkness that would be forced out by Israel, referencing a popular children’s song for the holiday.
“We came to drive out the darkness, and the largest darkness that threatens the world today is a nuclear Iran,” he said. “We are bound to do all we can to prevent this darkness. If possible we will do this diplomatically, if not we will act as ‘a light unto the nations’.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
File Photo: Reuters, Ki Price
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People called on Israel to stop building in the settlements saying that the surge in Israeli building was a "cause of grave concern."
"Announcements of thousands of new housing units cannot be reconciled with the goal of a two-state solution and risk the collapse of negotiations," AFP quoted him as saying.
Ban called for an end to all new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem but he also condemned rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and the building of tunnels from the coastal strip into Israel by militants, according to the report.
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