Israeli Prez Follows Obama in Appeal to Iranians
Praises Shah
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 10:54 AM CDT
Israel's President Shimon Peres is seen during a meeting with the leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, pool)
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(Newser) – Following President Obama's video message to Iran, Shimon Peres issued an audio address today, urging Iranians to reject the rule of their “oppressive and fanatical regime” and “reclaim their worthy place among the nations of the enlightened world.” The Israeli president's message, delivered partly in Farsi, was broadcast over Israel Radio, which operates a Persian channel.

Peres recalled a better time in Israeli-Iranian relations—during the rule of the Shah, whom he recalled as “gracious.” He told Iranians not to listen to the “handful of religious fanatics” who chose to enrich uranium rather than feed hungry children. “I think that the Iranian people will topple these leaders,” he said.