(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 3 October 2013), was
interviewed, for the first time, by the BBC Television's Persian
Service, which is watched in Iran despite attempts by the regime to
block it. According to BBC estimates, 12 million viewers watch its
Prime Minister Netanyahu presented Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's book National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy including
citations which prove that Rouhani previously oversaw a policy of
deliberately misleading the West in order to allow Iran to continue with
its military nuclear program in a relaxed diplomatic atmosphere.
Prime Minister Netanyahu used Persian words to show that Israel was
not impressed by Iranian President Rouhani's remarks."We are not
sadeh-lowh [suckers]. I will welcome an effort to stop the nuclear
program but not harf-e pootch [a fake one]," the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Netanyahu appealed directly to the Iranian people
and emphasized that it is the ayatollahs' extremist regime which is
responsible for the harsh sanctions and the socio-economic situation in
Iran due to its efforts to achieve nuclear weapons which endanger the
peace of the entire world. He also stressed the historic friendship
between the Jewish and Persian peoples, two ancient peoples that had
close relations until the rise of the ayatollahs' regime.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said that if the Iranian regime has
nuclear weapons, the Iranian people will never be free of dictatorship
and will live in eternal servitude. He added that the Iranian people are
paying a steep price for the military nuclear program which the regime
claims it does not have. He asserted that while Israel wants a
diplomatic solution, it must be a full and genuine solution. He said
that he had seen the Iranian people's desire or change and democracy and
concluded by pointing out that Jewish and Iranian peoples could be
friends again if the present regime falls.