President Obama’s speech was met with skepticism in Iran and said to be an expression of America’s desperation and helplessness as a result of the defeat it suffered in the wake of the recent developments in the Arab world.
That according to an analysis of Iranian reaction to the speech by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Ramat Hasharon.
According to the center, Sa’id Jalili, chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, claimed that the speech exhibited signs of desperation, contradiction and deception on the part of the U.S. Jalili positioned the United States as the major loser over Arab Spring developments, which are a response, he argued, to the racist nature of American policy.
Meir Amit also monitored Iran’s conservative press, which, in step with Tehran, also categorically rejected Obama’s speech. While Israelis, Palestinians and Jews around the world debate how it changes U.S. policy, the Iranian press, Meir Amit says in its analysis, concludes that it reflected no altering of policy.