The White House today declined Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request to meet with President Obama over Iran during his upcoming visit to the U.S. The move marks a new low in relations between the two countries and the two leaders.
Netanyahu will be in New York later this month to attend the U.N. General Assembly and his office said today that they had sent a message to the White House indicating the prime minister’s willingness to travel to Washington to meet with the president. The White House rejected the request and said that Obama's schedule does not allow for a meeting. (Jerusalem Post, 11 September)
Earlier today, Netanyahu launched an unprecedented verbal attack on the U.S. government over its stance on the Iranian nuclear program. He appeared to be responding to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent statement that the U.S. was "not setting deadlines" for military intervention in Iran.
"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday.
"Now if Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs," he added. (JP, 11 September)
the US has made quite clear that US military action is authorized when the US thinks that Iran is assembling nuclear weapons...or if Iran attempts to close the Straits.
Netanyahu is gravely worried that his open contempt for the Obama administration is going to cost him dearly if Obama wins re-election and this is an even more blatant attempt to sabotage Obama's campaign
Netanyahu's is possibly the regimes best friend.
This is what the regime want,an attack on Iran by Israel or the US.
So that the regime can have excuses to cover their total incompetence, and to clamp down on the opposition to the regime.
Obama is playing his cards right.
US president oath is to the Constitution of the United States of America not Israel....
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Wow, what precedence!
Netanyahu is undoing decades of hard work by his predecessors in one election season.
His actions are creating the ground work for a different and less friendly relationship between the US and Israel, made possible by his smugly lecturing the president at news conferences, and as he goes about acting like a spoiled child when he doesn't get what he wants from the US administration.
Given how he already out all his eggs in one basket, he should just pray that presient Obama doesn't win re-election. In the meantime he should understand that the world is not stupid, we all know that Iran is not going to develop a weapon between now and the US election in just two months. No one is buying this presence to push the president into a war decision now, not even Israel's most loyal supporters in the united states. With this level open hostilities, he may risk standing alone in any war with Iran, with no one blaming the president for not sending us troops to support the Israelis (assuming Iran is smart enough not to attack US interests).
It seems to me that Netanyahu is using the Iraq war as a model, as he goes about trying to push the US into a premature war, ignoring the fact that for this US administration, Iraq is not a precedence, but rather a cautionary tale.
JF--- Netanyahu isn't content to pray, he's actively working to sway the US electorate away from Obama.
After Obama's re-election, the relations between the US and Israel will be as close as ever as soon as the Israeli electorate replaces Netanyahu.
the fool thought that he could shore up his eroding position and escape the soon-to-come US pushback against Netanyahu by bringing the Kadima Party into his coailtion government, but that failed.
The Bankruptr superpower caqn not afford any new conflict.
the age of America is over
the time of Iran has come
There is no dawn more for israel.
Anon 2:38 PM
The day of Iran will come when all the stinky mullahs will be put on trial.
The US is very far from bankrupt and the US economy is more 15 times that of Iran.
and it's Iran's economy that is shrinking, not the Us's.
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