Irans’s president has been responding to comments by the Israeli prime minister that he is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
President Rohani said: “We shouldn’t expect anything other than this of Israelis. I think these comments show us that we are going in the right direction. We need to be more steadfast and continue along this path.”
In Israel, newspaper headlines proclaimed the country would fight alone against Iran if they had to.
On the streets of Jerusalem, many supported this view. One local man said: “I am not a big fan of Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), but the speech was excellent. And I say, as someone who grew up here, if we need to do this on our own, we’ll do it, we won’t have a choice.”
Israel is believed to possess the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal. It has harshly condemned Iran’s nuclear programme.
Iran and the United States are preparing to restart nuclear talks after a decade-long standoff.