U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement on recent reports that the Administration may meet with Rouhani next week at the United Nations General Assembly. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Rouhani is a master of deceit who has been putting on an all-out charm offensive since he took office, replacing Ahmadinejad. In many ways Rouhani is much more dangerous than Ahmadinejad. At least with Ahmadinejad you get what you see -- his hatred for Israel and the United States is not disguised with rhetoric or spurious gestures of goodwill. Rouhani on the other hand, has managed to fool many with his manipulating words and his dog and pony show, and some have been so hopeful that he will be any different than Ahmadinejad that they have swallowed his act hook, line and sinker.
"Rouhani has no control over Iran's nuclear program, and he will not change the regime's stance on Israel. He is a regime loyalist, staunch supporter of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and vehemently opposes Israel and Jewish State's right to exist. His latest acts of tweeting a Rosh HaShana message and having the only Jewish member of the Iranian Majlis accompany him at the UN is all just smoke and mirrors. He will use any opportunity he can to try to fool the U.S. and the West into offering concessions and to stall for time while Iran completes its nuclear weapons program, as he had bragged about doing once before. Believing that he has any other agenda is folly. The Administration must not fall for this charm offensive, and must increase the pressure on the regime with more sanctions until Iran completely abandons its nuclear pursuit and dismantles its program."