By Chad Groening
Unlike the United States, the former mayor of an Israeli village says his home country is not naïve enough to accept Iran's claim that it is pursuing a nuclear program for "peaceful" purposes.
President Obama recently sent word to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni that the United States can accept a peaceful Iranian nuclear program. That led to the recent fruitless talks between Iran and the five members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany.
Iran Pursuing a Peaceful Nuclear Program?
David Rubin is a former mayor of the Israeli village of Shiloh and the author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He says it is absurd to believe that Iran is pursuing a peaceful nuclear program.
"Iran is the second largest oil-exporting country in the world, and they have no need for a nuclear program. It makes absolutely no sense that it would be for peaceful purposes because they don't need the energy," he contends. "President Obama and Hillary Clinton, either they're very, very naïve and very gullible, or they're very deceptive."
But Rubin says Israel will not be fooled by the promises of the Ayatollahs. Instead, the country is prepared to take out the Iranian sites, even without U.S. help.
"I think that we need to wake up and to see that when you're confronted with evil ... you have to meet it head-on," the expert concludes.
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