Monday, May 18, 2009

Netanyahu Talks Directly To Obama Not The Press (Video)

Notice the body language of the Prime Minister. It's clear that he understands the Iranian nuclear threat for better than the President.

Fox News reports:

President Obama won't put an "artificial deadline" on Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program but said Monday that the Islamic Republic's obtaining a nuclear weapon would be not only a threat to Israel and the U.S. but "profoundly destabilizing" to the international community in general.

In talks with reporters after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama said he would not let talks go on forever, but the June election in Iran will be revealing about whether there is a chance for progress with Tehran by the end of the year.

"Iran is a country of extraordinary history and extraordinary potential and we want them to be a full-fledged member of the international community, and be in a position to provide opportunity and prosperity for their people but that the way to achieve those goals is not through the pursuit of a nuclear weapon," Obama said.

The president added that a "range of steps" are still available against Iran, including sanctions, if it continues its nuclear program.

"We are not foreclosing a range of steps ... in assuring that Iran understands that we are serious," he added.

Netanyahu said Iran's obtaining nuclear weapons would be an existential threat not only to Israel but the rest of the world.

"It could give the nuclear umbrella to terrorists or worse, it could actually give nuclear weapons to terrorists I believe it would put all of us in great peril," he said. He added that in his 59 years of life -- the modern Jewish state is only 61 years old -- he has never seen the Arabs and Jews so closely share the same threat as the one they both face from Iran.

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