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Waiting for Rouhani
Penulis : ina Y. Sulaeman , doctoral student in International Relations, University of Padjadjaran, researcher of Global Future Institute

Rouhani, the mullah born in Iran's northern Semnan province sixty- five years ago has never mentioned the name of Israel, instead of calling Holocaust. The Doctorate of law from Scotland only stated "The basic rights of Palestinians are tragically violated."
But a week later his soft speech met with a very rude tone by the Prime Minister of Israel, Netanyahu alias Bibi. Like a boy sulking for his enemy that earns enthusiasm from the people around, Bibi dedicated 90 % content of his speech to discuss Iran. Even in a 33 minute speech, the name Rouhani was repeated up to 25 times. "...Rouhani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too" Bibi said sarcastically. What is meant by Bibi in terms of the yellowcake is uranium, a radioactive substance that is needed to fuel a nuclear reactor. Bibi also criticized the Rouhani's style, which he called, ' full of smile' but 'only lip service' , like 'a wolf in sheep’s clothing'. Bibi worked hard to convince the international community that Rouhani was same as previous Iranian presidents, and therefore the world should immediately disarm the Iranian nuclear.
Bibi was right about one thing: Rouhani's policy is not different from his predecessors. Rouhani's essence of speech is the same as that delivered by Ahmadinejad, his opposition to Zionism with its all derivatives. The difference between them is only in the delivery. With various calculations behind the scenes, Rouhani has chosen to be the antithesis of Ahmadinejad having so far been hailed by the Muslim world for his bravery to take a stand against Israel. As said by Sir Ernest Satow, diplomacy is the use of wit and wisdom to carry out formal relations between countries. Therefore , the style of diplomacy could be different, as long as national interests are still achieved.
Rouhani and Obama even look each other in dialogue politely through their speeches, and this indicates that there is an intensive lobbying that precedes. Through his speech, Obama officially recognized a fatwa issued by Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei stating that Iran would not build nuclear weapons for being opposed to the Islamic law. Obama also acknowledged Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear. He even asserted he did not want a regime change in Tehran.
Rouhani then responded with 'fatherly tone', "I hope the U.S. government no longer succumbs in the face of groups' pressure hungry for war. " It is no secret that Israel lobbying in the U.S. have been working hard to set the U.S. government, whoever the president is, for take a pro - Israeli stance, even limited to the level of the words. They are the ones that seemed to dictate the narrative that must be conveyed by U.S. officials to the world. No wonder that the 'dialogue' between Obama and Rouhani in the UN General Assembly made the Netanyahu's heart and Washington withstand for pounding fury.
The anger was reflected in the Bibi's speech, which is considered by Pepe Escobar - Asia Times analyst - like the words of a sociopath (mental disorders such as behavioral manipulation and violation of the rights of others). In diplomacy war, the Netanyahu's response really showed his panic - and defeat - for seing the international community's positive response to Rouhani. Instead, the Rouhani's speech showed the uniqueness of Iran's diplomacy strategy, capable of standing in the middle of the mainstream though always moving against the flow. The U.S.  outstanding media positively reported the Rouhani's speech. Iranian domestic media, generally supported the Rouhani's diplomatic steps, except some ultra-right media. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei also openly gave his support to Rouhani, although there was something not moving right (most likely, this refers to a telephone conversation between Rouhani and Obama) . Khamenei also warned that the U.S. sweet promises simply could not be trusted as long as the Zionist lobby could still control the White House.
There is a common thread between the Rouhani and Bibi's speech at the UN that needs to be taken into account by Indonesia. In his speech, Rouhani warned the world how dangerous the narrative being constructed by belligerent groups lately, namely "propagandistic and unfounded faith-phobic, Islamo-phobic, Shia-phobic and Iran-phobic discourses." On the basis of this narrative, militant groups such as Al Qaeda and its affiliates could freely trigger rampant sectarian war in the Middle East, which certainly will spread to many other parts of the world. For that reason, Rouhani called on the international community to join the World Against Violence and Extremism.
On the contrary, in his speech Bibi gave a rebuttal narrative: Iran's nuclear is the source of world's threat and that's why many Arab countries have now recognized that Israel is no longer their enemy. This is the common thread: Israel has allied with the Wahabi leaning Arab states to trigger sectarian war in various countries. Sectarian issues are very effective to divert the Muslim world's attention from Israel's crimes in Palestine. The strong evidence is that the Syrian conflict has successfully made the world order change: Muslim countries having previously been united to the Palestinian issue, are now divided. The issue of Sunni - Shiite in the Syria's conflict has managed to divide the Islamic world, including the Indonesian public opinion, and generate a blind radicalism in the Muslim world. Muslims have now involved in war with each other, both on the battlefield and propaganda war, and forgotten their common enemy, Zionist.
The Muslim world probably does miss Ahmadinejad for having frontal diplomacy against the U.S. and Israel. However, the fragmentation of the Muslims along with the conflict in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, has presumably made Iran feel the need to take different diplomacy strategies. And because it is still at the level of narrative, the world must be patient waiting for the results.


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