Grumpy Obama Meets With Netanyahu For First Time Since Bashing the Israeli Leader in France
Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Barack Obama today for their first meeting since it was revealed by a French news agency that Obama cannot stand dealing with the current Israeli leader.
Poor Barack looked grumpy.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations in New York September 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
Barack Obama told reporters that he wants more talks with the killer Iranian regime after the meeting.
President Barack Obama, aiming to head off any premature Israeli strike on Iran, sought to assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States would always “have Israel’s back” but said there was still time for diplomacy.
Netanyahu, in a show of unity with an American leader with whom he has had a rocky relationship, said at the White House that both Israel and the United States stood together on the need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
“The bond between our two countries is unbreakable,” Obama said. “The United States will always have Israel’s back when it comes to Israel’s security.”
The two men, sitting side by side and smiling at each other in the Oval Office, sought to present a united front in the Iranian nuclear standoff after weeks of mounting concern that Israel would preemptively strike Iran on its own.
In one of the most consequential meetings of U.S. and Israeli leaders in years, they made no mention of any differences they may have over red lines that could trigger military action to curb an Iranian nuclear program that Israel sees as a threat to its existence.
“We believe there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution,” Obama said.
Netanyahu made clear that Israel would be the “master of its fate” in deciding how to deal with Iran, which has called for the destruction of the Jewish state.