Following moderate Hassan Rouhani’s presidential victory in the recent Iranian elections, and his apparent willingness to mend ties with the West, the Americans appear hopeful a military attack on Iran, to thwart its nuclear programme, might be avoidable and consequently a possible confrontation between Israel and Iran’s regional proxy, Hizbullah, averted.

Israel, however, is not entirely convinced, with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stating that “nothing much had changed” and pointing out that hardliner Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s spiritual leader, still calls the political shots. Furthermore, some Israeli analysts claim that Rouhani’s “smiley face” may be deceptive and “make necessary military action harder.”

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