President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday at the White House, affirming the alliance between the U.S. and Israel, while acknowledging the two leaders have a disagreement regarding the “narrow issue” of the Iranian nuclear deal.
In their first meeting since the deal was struck in July, Obama said, “It’s no secret that the prime minister and I have had a strong disagreement on this narrow issue, but we don’t have a disagreement on the need to making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, and we don’t have a disagreement about us blunting destabilizing activities in Iran that may be taking place.” (See video above starting at 3:40.)
The president also affirmed the right of Israel to protect its citizens from attacks by Palestinian terrorists. “It is my strong belief that Israel has not just the right, but the obligation to protect itself,” Obama said. He further stated his hope to “lower the temperature” between Israelis and Palestinians, while looking into “how we can make sure that legitimate Palestinian aspirations are met through a political process, even as we make sure that Israel is able to secure itself.”
Netanayhu, in turn, related that is it “tremendously important” for the U.S. and Israel to continue to work together. “We are obviously tested, today, in the instability and insecurity in the Middle East,” he said. “I think everybody can see it. With the savagery of ISIS, with the aggression in terror by Iran’s proxies, and by Iran itself, and the combination of turbulence has now displaced millions of people, has butchered hundreds of thousands, and we don’t know what will transpire.”
The Israeli prime minister was not shy while the Iranian nuclear deal was being negotiated and, after it was signed, to let his feelings be made known. In an address to Congress in March, he said the deal “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” creating an existential threat to his country.
Nethanyahu listed at least three specific reasons he opposed it a few months later.
It lifts economic sanctions against the rogue regime, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to flow into Iran. It keeps Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place. It gives Iran 24 days to respond to any inspection of facilities by the U.N.
Iran “likely” already has broken the terms of the agreement by conducting ballistic missile tests last month, according to CNN. Additionally, the Islamic Republic violated U.N. sanctions by allowing Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani to travel to Moscow in August.
h/t: Gateway Pundit