Dangerous Illusion-Iran's New President

Steven LeBlanc

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the international community should not be swayed to soften sanctions on Iran because “moderate” cleric Hassan Rouhani won the Presidential election. Rouhani appeals to the West because he is seen as a more reasonable man—a man the West can talk to. The hope is that now Iran may be more receptive to negotiations over its nuclear program. Israel is not taken with this illusion.

The danger for Israel is that Rouhani will take a more quiet and calculating strategy with the West. Netanyahu is saying Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

We continue to watch the international response to the Iranian threat, always keeping in mind that the bigger picture shows the Middle East and Israel being invaded by a European-based power described by Daniel as the king of the North (Daniel 11:40-41). Zechariah describes a vicious attack on Jerusalem will eventually take place, with half the city going into captivity (Zechariah 14:1-3).

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