Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pleadings regarding the Iranian nuclear threat were misinterpreted as interfering in the U.S. election, Israel's ambassador to Washington said.
Israel had a starring role in the third and final presidential debate last Tuesday night. How big? China, a country of 1 billion people to which America owes $1 trillion and whose military and economic decisions will affect us for years to come, rated 32 mentions.
President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday the United States will "do what we must" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned against threatening attacks whose consequences would be devastating.
Israeli President Shimon Peres added to a debate raging in Israel over whether to attack Iran, when he said on Friday that a military option to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons was nearer.
Feiler spoke to The Journal by phone while taking a break from moving into his new Brooklyn home, which he shares with his wife and his 6-month-old identical twin girls.
Few people in Israel expected a positive turnaround in Iran, but the election of hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic republic has raised eyebrows among even the more pessimistic pundits.
Even before giving his first media conference, the fundamentalist mayor of Tehran made clear there would be no new tack toward Israel.
"I will strive to expand relations with everyone, with the exception of Israel," he told the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, Sunday.
That was no surprise in itself, as political leaders in Iran must parrot the policies of the religious clerics.