Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
is to leave Saturday night to New York, where he is to deliver his address to the UN General Assembly.
shares regional concerns regarding apparent rapprochement in the diplomatic ties between the US and Iran, the New York Times reported Saturday.
“Netanyahu understands that there is a lot of euphoria,” a senior Israeli official told the Times. “Netanyahu knows that people in the international community will want to believe."
|Obama addresses phone conversation with Rohani (Video: Reuters)|
Though refusing to address the phone conversation between US President barack Obama and Iran President Hassan Rohani, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, who heads the delegation to the United Nations
assembly, noted that “The most critical problem with Iran
is its aim of achieving nuclear weapons, but the problem with Iran is wider.
“Iran is not a peace-seeking country," he told the New York Times, adding it "is maybe the most aggressive country in the world, and it’s not just against Israel.”
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Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that Netanyahu instructed his ministers to keep mum on all matters concerning his trip, most specifically details pertaining to the Israeli perspective regarding Iran.
The prime minister's instruction reportedly derived from an attempt to present a united front regarding the issues and maintain a cohesive message during the Israeli delegation's stay at the assembly and Netanyahu's speech and meetings.
|Rohani lands in Tehran following conversation with Obama (Video: Reuters)|
Concern regarding US and Iran's tightening ties is sensed in Saudi Arabia,
where “There is a lot of suspicion and even paranoia about some secret deal between Iran and America,” according to Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who is close to the royal family.
NYT quoted him saying: “My concern is that the Americans will accept Iran as it is – so that the Iranians can continue their old policies of expansionism and aggression.”
Other Sunni-dominated gulf countries reportedly share a concern about a shift in the balance of power toward Iran’s Shiite-led government and its allies.
Obama and Rohani spoke by telephone Friday, the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years.
Moran Azulay contributed to this story
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