Here you go Israel. Real words of wisdom from your top ally the President of the United States. Even though you fear that Iran wants to “wipe Israel from the map,” never fear, Barack Obama says Iran has “tremendous history and potential.”
Netanyahu’s response to Iran’s nuclear weapons? “Unacceptable.”
The president also said he was leaving the door open for a range of options with Israel including sanctions.
Haven’t sanctions been tried?
In the last few weeks, stories have been all over Israel’s media about preparations for an attack on Iran……
Those words at the White House today.
It seemed to us that Barack Obama’s White House photo op with Benjamin Netanyahu was Obama at his worst: off the teleprompter, halting, lurching and reaching for the right words.
Netanyahu was clear as a bell…..
APFrom the Associated Press:
President Barack Obama says he expects a positive response from his diplomatic outreach to Iran on stopping its nuclear program by the end of the year.
The president said the United States wanted to bring Iran into the world community, but declared “we’re not going to have talks forever.”
Obama spoke after more than two hours of discussions Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Saying What’s Necessary to Win
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, standing beneath a poster of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
From Fox News
President Obama won’t put an “artificial deadline” on Iran’s abandoning its nuclear weapons program but said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s obtaining a nuclear weapon would be not only a threat to Israel and the U.S. but would be “profoundly destabilizing” to the international community in general.
In talks with reporters after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama said he would not let talks go on forever, but the June election in Iran will be revealing about whether there is a chance for progress with Tehran by the end of the year.
“Iran is a country of extraordinary history and extraordinary potential and we want them to be a full-fledged member of the international community, and be in a position to provide opportunity and prosperity for their people but that the way to achieve those goals is not through the pursuit of a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.
The president added that a “range of steps” are still available against Iran, including sanctions, if it continues its nuclear program.
“We are not foreclosing a range of steps … in assuring that Iran understands that we are serious,” he added.
Netanyahu said Iran’s obtaining nuclear weapons would be an existential threat not only to Israel but the rest of the world.
“It could give the nuclear umbrella to terrorists or worse, it could actually give nuclear weapons to terrorists I believe it would put all of us in great peril,” he said. He added that in his 59 years of life — the modern Jewish state is only 61 years old — he has never seen the Arabs and Jews so closely share the same threat.
Despite their agreements, Obama and Netanyahu appeared at odds over negotiations with Palestinians, as the U.S. leader called for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians and Netanyahu made no mention of a nation for the Arab people.
Netanyahu did say Palestinians should govern themselves and he is ready to start talks right away as long as Palestinians immediately recognize the Jewish state.
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From The Washington Times:
Obama Gives Stern Warning To Iran
President Obama on Monday gave a stern warning to Iran to cease its pursuit of nuclear weapons, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, citing “deepening concern” about Tehran’s progress toward nuclear capabilities.
“It is not in their interest to pursue a nuclear weapon and they should change course,” Mr. Obama said, sitting next to Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office.
The president said he was “not foreclosing a range of steps,” including stronger sanctions, “in ensuring Iran that we are serious.”
Mr. Netanyahu praised Mr. Obama as “a great leader” and thanked him for “leaving all options on the table” regarding Iran.
A nuclear-armed Iran, Mr. Netanyahu said, “would put us all in great peril.”
The highly anticipated first meeting between the two men went nearly two hours, almost double the amount of time set aside for them to talk. It was among the most high-profile, high stakes moments of Mr. Obama’s four-month old presidency.
Mr. Netanyahu’s ascent to power has ushered in a hardline Israeli government at a moment when fears are growing about the prospect that Iran may soon be capable of producing a nuclear weapon.
Israel already has carried out a surgical air strike on nuclear facilities in Syria less than two years ago, and that at the behest of government far less hawkish than the one now in power. The Pandora’s Box that many around the world hope to avoid is a similar or even more severe action by Israel against Tehran, which would likely set off a chain reaction of events.
Following Mr. Obama’s private meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office, their top advisers joined them for an expanded meeting, before reporters were brought in at the end of the meeting. The two leaders were scheduled to share a private lunch in the Old Family Dining Room, just off the State Dining Room.