‘Israel’s anti-Iran remarks propaganda’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeats Tel Aviv’s allegations against the Iranian nuclear energy program at the UN General Assembly meeting on September 27, 2012.

A senior Iranian lawmaker has downplayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent anti-Iran remarks as insignificant and aimed at concealing Tel Aviv’s failures.

Netanyahu told Israeli diplomats on Thursday that “Iran remains the number one threat” and that Israel was determined to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“These slogans which lack practical support are propaganda methods used by Netanyahu and his associated [Likud] party to cover up the weaknesses and political failures of the occupying Zionist regime in domestic, regional and Mideast affairs,” Hossein Sobhaninia, member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Committee, said on Tuesday.

The Israeli regime is faced with a legitimacy crisis at home and Tel Aviv is making an attempt to influence the Israeli public opinion in order to ensure or reinforce its future political standing, the Iranian lawmaker explained.

“[The current] leaders of the Zionist regime [of Israel] seek to introduce the Islamic Republic of Iran as a source of threat to people and claim that if they are…[reelected], these threats would be defused,” Sobhaninia pointed out.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, saying that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology.