Stern Words Before Israel – U.S. Meeting Today


Netanyahu and Obama will meet today to discuss where to draw the red lines in the possible attack on Iranian nuclear sites. Obama wants to give diplomacy and sanctions more time to work while Israel believes the time for both is past.

Speaking on Sunday, Obama, speaking before AIPAC, issued a stern warning to Iran. “When it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say,” Obama said, “That includes all elements of American power. A political effort aimed at isolating Iran; a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored; an economic effort to impose crippling sanctions; and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.”

Israeli leaders praised Obama’s speech. The text of the speech is here. However, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said on Israel Radio yesterday that the inability of international leaders and aid workers to alleviate “systematic murder of innocent civilians” in Syria “challenges all the promises of the international community that they are responsible for our security. He does not believe the world can protect Israel.

Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, “I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff. I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”

Read here: Politico