Typically, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cherishes his visits to the U.S., especially his annual pilgrimage to U.N. General Assembly’s podium. He relishes the opportunity to demonstrate his rhetorical skills, which he honed as a young diplomat to the U.N. in the 1980s.
One year on
Netanyahu does not believe in confidence building measures between Iran and the U.S. to create a more conducive atmosphere for negotiations and mutual concessions.Yossi Mekelberg
A year later and Netanyahu was greeted by a very different atmosphere in New York. The re-elected President Obama can afford to be more assertive, in his relations with Netanyahu. Even more significant is the newly elected Iranian president, Hassan Rowhani, a diametrically different persona to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The former president was a dream come true for Israel’s public relations machine with his vitriolic and offensive language which provided Israel with the justification, if she needed any, that nuclear military capability in the hands of the likes of Ahmadinejad makes the world a distinctively more dangerous place.