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Obama and Netanyahu agree: No Israeli strike on Iran without US assent

Posted By admin On March 21, 2013 @ 6:27 am In World News | Comments Disabled

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March 21, 2013

In his first conversation of three hours with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Day One, March 20, of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, the two leaders finally put to rest their long dispute over a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear sites.

In their news conference that night, both reiterated the principle that Israel has the right to independently defend itself against a perceived palpable threat from Iran – even if Washington does not share that perception.

The practical application of this principle was rather different: Obama and Netanyahu spoke highly and repeatedly of the close military and intelligence cooperation their governments had developed and which they would hate above all to jeopardize.

Obama: “There’s not much daylight between us on where Iran is at. Israel is differently situated than us. I would not expect Israel to defer to anyone in its decisions on this.” Netanyahu: “We do have a common intelligence assessment on this. Although the US and Israel have different vulnerabilities and capabilities… there is no argument… I am absolutely convinced that Obama is committed to preventing Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb.”

He added: “Iran has not yet reached the red line I defined in my UN speech, but it is getting closer all the time.”

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[1] DEBKA: http://www.debka.com/article/22840/Obama-and-Netanyahu-agree-No-Israeli-strike-on-Iran-without-US-assent

[2] Obama to face tense meeting on Iran with Israeli leader Netanyahu: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-to-face-tense-meeting-on-iran-with-israeli-leader-netanyahu.html

[3] Netanyahu will ask Obama to threaten Iran strike: http://www.prisonplanet.com/netanyahu-will-ask-obama-to-threaten-iran-strike.html

[4] Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/netanyahu-is-preparing-israeli-public-opinion-for-a-war-on-iran.html

[5] US-Israeli deal on Iran? No Israeli strike now if Obama pledged a spring attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-israeli-deal-on-iran-no-israeli-strike-now-if-obama-pledged-a-spring-attack.html

[6] Obama to try and talk Netanyahu out of Iran strike after his advisers failed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-to-try-and-talk-netanyahu-out-of-iran-strike-after-his-advisers-failed.html

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