JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is deceiving the world with smiles, while continuing to spin a web of lies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Thursday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"Rouhani is continuing with the Iranian show of deception," Netanyahu said. "At a time when Rouhani condemns the killing of innocents, dozens of innocents were recently executed in Iran."
Amnesty International reports Iran has been executing an average of two people a day since the beginning of the year.
"The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming," Amnesty International Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Hassiba Hadj Sahroui said, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported earlier this week. "The Iranian authorities' attempts to change their international image are meaningless if at the same time executions continue to increase."
Meanwhile, Netanyahu noted, Rouhani speaks against intervening in Syria's bloody civil war, while Iran continues arming the Assad regime and directing its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to kill Syrian civilians.
While Rouhani talks about allowing Iranians access to technology, he prevents free access to the Internet. He talks about peace in the Middle East, while vowing to wipe Israel off the map. He said Iran's nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, while it continues to build centrifuges and develop its heavy water reactor, with the sole purpose to produce nuclear weapons.
"Rouhani has admitted that a decade ago, he deceived the West in order to advance the Iranian nuclear program. He is doing this today as well," Netanyahu said.
The world community must not be fooled by this deception, the Israeli prime minister warned. It's in everyone's interest to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal.
Later Thursday, Netanyahu will address the forum on Israeli innovations in hi-tech and other industries.