Public displays between Israel and US are calculated
President Obama welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to town yesterday. Don’t you think the President whispered to Ben, “Hey, don’t attack Iran prematurely.”
Or do you think the President said, “Look as if you are impatient. Act like you are ready to push a button against Iran, then I will pretend to calm you down.”
Craziness abounds in relations regarding Iran. The thorny regime has better trim themselves before the international shears are brought for a pruning this spring.
“In meeting, Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran
By Scott Wilson, Published: March 2
President Obama plans to caution Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week against attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities in the coming months, urging patience while international economic sanctions take full effect.
Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu on Monday begins a critical week in his effort to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and preserve the trust of the United States’ closest Middle East ally. Israeli leaders have made clear they think time is running out to stop Iran from achieving the ability to build a nuclear weapon.
But U.S. officials are not convinced, and many within the administration fear that a preemptive Israeli attack could set off a regional war. This disagreement between the United States and Israel will color the meeting between two leaders often at odds over how best to navigate the changing Middle East.
The White House talks are likely to focus on the effectiveness of sanctions and the dangers of an Israeli attack, administration officials say. Obama will seek to avoid discussing the details of how one might unfold out of concern that Israel might interpret such planning as a veiled endorsement of military action.
“We’re trying to make the decision to attack as hard as possible for Israel,” said an administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
For Obama, the political stakes are high. With his approval ratings improving on the strength of a better economy, he still faces the intertwined election-year threats of rising gas prices and the possibility of a military confrontation involving an oil-rich Iran. The issue preoccupies the White House but does not resonate as urgently among Israelis.”