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Obama: No ‘space’ with Israel on Iran, but also no red lines

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President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre–Rosh Hashanah conference call that there is “no space” between the United States and Israel on Iran, but added that he would not make public a red line that could trigger a strike against Iran.

“There may come a time” Obama told 1,200 rabbis of all denominations Sept. 14, that the United States would “exercise a military option” to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

He said, however, he would not set red lines or a deadline, as Israel has demanded, noting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would also not make public Israel’s own trigger for military action.

“No leader ties his own hands,” he said.

Still, Obama said, “there is no space between the U.S. and Israel” on Iran.

He also said,  “I have been explicit and clear that we will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Obama reiterated his belief in exhausting other options. “There remains time and space for diplomacy,” he said.

The rabbis, in introducing Obama, also noted their outstanding plea that he commute the life sentence of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

The call was organized by the rabbinical umbrellas of the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox streams. — jta


Posted by Frank
09/20/2012  at  09:00 PM
Yeah, sure ... "Of course I’ll still respect you in the morning!”

He’s got a bridge he’d like to sell you (again).  Are you willing to bet your life on it?  How about millions of Jewish lives?

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Posted by Frank
09/24/2012  at  01:44 PM
The latest from Obama - further distancing the US from Israel

Now we hear from Obama that Israel is “ONE OF our closest allies in the region”.  Obama speaks clearly and deliberately.

When did Israel go from being “our CLOSEST ally in the region” to “one of” our closest allies?

(One wonders what arab country(s) Obama is referring to as being at least equally our “closest allies” - certainly not Egypt, which Obama recently stated was neither “an ally” nor an “an enemy”.  This is apparently an even more dramatic distancing of the “space” between Obama and Israel.)

What is it going to take for American Democratic Jews to face reality?

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