AFTER THE statement by Secretary Hillary Clinton over the weekend saying the U.S. is “not setting deadlines,” which if unmet would mean military action against Iran, Prime Minister Netanyahu responded heatedly in a news conference.
“The world tells Israel, `Wait. There’s still time,’” Netanyahu said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. “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.” [CBS NEWS]
On Tuesday, the White House distributed to the press a readout of a call President Obama placed to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight as a part of their ongoing consultations. The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward. Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.
No one takes advantage of the American election cycle like Mr. Netanyahu.