Brain Bush’s Blog

What Rouhani Desires

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 20, 2013
  • 4:33 pm

Hello Friends,

Over here in Jerusalem, despite it being the midst of a holiday, the media in Israel (and also in the Palestinian Territories) is pretty active with the developments centered around Iran's newly elected President Mr. Hassan Rouhani.

Mr. Rouhani is taking full advantage of the international platform offered by the upcoming United Nation's General Assembly to turn the spotlight on him – and the course for his country Iran.

He and US President Barak Obama have exchanged letters and this is a first step in solving diffences diplomatically – and sets the stage for Iranian involvement in things.

Mr Rouhani, has made one trip abroad. It was amongst 'friends' – an economic assembly that happened to be a pro Syrian assembly by default. He has also met with Vladimir Putin, Russia's President.

But he comes into the spotlight now because of opportunity he is creating. Opportunity to show that he is a leader of a different governance over the Iranian people than his predecessor.

Most striking is that he has invited the only Jewish lawmaker in Iran to accompany him on his visit to New York and the UN.

With attention still focused upon Iran's controversial nuclear ambitions, Rouhani has said he has full authority to negotiate with the West over Tehran's uranium enrichment program.

Today, the UN nuclear assembly has narrowly rejected an Arab resolution to single out Israel via a resolution that called on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons treaty. Israel is in no hurry to do so.

He is also pitching his position to assist in resolving the 2 year conflict in Syria.

Syria has come out yesterday saying that the conflict has reached a stalemate – with neither side appearing to have enough power to overthrow the other.

Iran brokering a peace will ensure their influence will largely stay in tact in Syria and lift their status and influence diplomatically both in the region and abroad.

Israel is warning the world not to be influenced by what they call Iran's 'charm offensive'.

But with Russia the big winner going into the General Assembly, it's ties to Iran, coupled with the reaching out of Mr. Rouhani, we may see Iran turn a corner on it's last eight years of isolation to what Rouhani desires – respectful dialogue with Western powers.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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