Netanyahu Issues Frosty Response to Iranian President's Rosh Hashanah Tweet

Rohani's holiday greetings' only purpose is to divert attention from its quest for the acquisition of nuclear weapons, PM says.

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Barak Ravid
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded tepidly to Hassan Rohani's Rosh Hashanah Twitter greetings on Saturday, saying he is not impressed by "Greetings coming from the mouth of a regime that only last week threatened to eradicate the State of Israel."

Netanyahu added that the Iranian leadership will be evaluated through its actions, and not via greetings "whose only goal is to divert attention from the fact that even after the elections, it continues the enrichment of uranium and the cunstruction of a plutonium reactor meant to allow it to develop nuclear weapons that will threaten Israel and the rest of the world."

Netanyahu called on the international community "not to get caught up in illusions, and to demand acts and not words." The pressure on Iran, Netanyahu said, must be intensified until Iran stops enriching uranium, sends the material already enriched out of its borders, dismantles the illegal facility at Komm, and ceases construction on the plutonium reactor.

Last week, a Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shana Tovah.

As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah, the tweet said.

Netanyahu chairing the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. September 1, 2013.Credit: AP