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)