Netanyahu doesn’t trust Iran. Last month, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, surprised the world by requesting peaceful relationships with the West. Rouhani insisted that Iran does not want nuclear weapons and offered to open his country up to United Nations inspectors.
While nuclear talks began in Geneva this week, Netanyahu reminded the world that nothing has changed in Iran. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei remains the supreme leader of Iran—the Ayatollah has absolute power and, therefore, the final word on Iran’s nuclear program.
Further, Netanyahu has expressed little hope in the current round of renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Last week, he stated that the Palestinians are the root of the conflict and that, still, in this round of peace talks, they refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Without that recognition, no peace or resolution is possible.
Will peace ever come to the Middle East?