Livni, Steinitz react with caution to Rohani election

June 16, 2013 11:13
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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni reacted cautiously to the victory of Hassan Rohani in Iran's presidential election, saying Sunday that  Rohani's actions will determine whether he is truly a moderate as he has been labeled.

"The test will be that of action," Livni told Army Radio, adding that "if the Iranian nation wants to be more moderate, the onus will shift to the West. If the West acts wisely, and will continue to exert pressure on Iran precisely because the Iranian people do not want to continue with the present situation, that will be good." Livni said she believed that Iran was misperceived in Israel. "Israelis do not perceive Iran realistically. It [Iran] is a very advanced, large nation. The problem is with its single leader who decides for the country," she said.

Also speaking on Army Radio on Sunday was Strategic Affairs Minister and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, who gave credit to the Iranian people on their choice in the elections but expressed doubt as to whether the Iranian election would change Iranian policy.

"The results of the election are a badge of honor for the Iranian nation, but the question is how the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who basically controls Iran's foreign affairs, national security and nuclear policy, will act."

Steinitz said that he doubted Khamenei would change his policy but added that if Khamenei does change course it will only be because of international pressure.

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