Obama and Israel
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|Adam Kredo||March 5th 2012|
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel would decide for itself whether to strike Iran.
â€œMy supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate,â€ Netanyahu told Obama. In a sit-down on March 5 with the president in the Oval Office, Netanyahu pushed back against the administrationâ€™s repeated attempts to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran.
â€œIsrael must reserve the right to defend itself and after all, thatâ€™s the very purpose of the Jewish state to, restore to the Jewish people control of our destiny,â€ said Netanyahu, who is meeting with the president in advance of his speech later today before the American Israel Public Affairs Committeeâ€™s annual policy conference. Israel reserves the right to strike Iran if need be, Netanyahu said.
Obama, in a speech to AIPAC on the morning of March 4, chastised those engaged in â€œloose talk of warâ€ with Iran and urged for a policy of diplomacy towards Iran, which continues to enrich uranium and is suspected of clandestinely building a nuclear weapon.
The administration has also been pressuring Israel to hold off on an attack against Iranâ€™s nuclear sites, arguing that economic sanctions require time to take hold.
AIPAC Executive Howard Kohr flatly rejected this assumption earlier on March 5, when he told conference delegates that the U.S. â€œmust increase the pressures on the mullahs to the point where they fear failure to comply will lead to their downfall.â€
Adam Kredo writes for the Washington Free Beacon, from where this article is adapted.