Obama snubbing Netanyahu?
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- Duration 8:05
- Date Sep 11, 2012
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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today.
Many believe was directly aimed at the US for failing to.
Detail the Red Line if you will when -- when they will lack the US will act to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapon this as.
Israeli prime minister requested.
According to Israeli officials -- meeting with President Obama.
Either in New York or in Washington.
According to the Israelis it was turned down.
The White House through the White House National Security Council spokesman said this quote.
There's simply not in the city at the same time that the president prime minister are infrequent contact.
And the prime minister will meet with other senior officials including Secretary Clinton during his visit.
Now later a senior official said that they're not ruling out a possible meeting in Washington.
But the president will likely be campaigning.
Possibly in a battleground state like Ohio.
Let's bring in our panel Jonah Goldberg how large editor of national review online Juan Williams columnist with the hill and syndicated columnist Charles Grant him.
-- Well it's -- they're claiming that they can -- because that are going to be in new York at the same time.
-- isn't as if Washington isn't accessible.
Having not heard of the Acela.
Or that the President -- -- -- -- -- who says his campaign schedule if you wanted to meet with.
Netanyahu he would obviously this is a snub.
According to -- inside of a joke that's about the weakest excuse you can imagine but for the Israelis is a strategic issue it's a life and death issue.
They look around and they see the IAE report from two weeks ago.
We said that the Iran -- nuclear program far from being stopped by sanctions is actually accelerated.
There's another of spinning.
The production of uranium.
Is doubling now inside the facility in Fargo.
Outside of the city of -- In a place it's almost impregnable they look around and they see that the negotiations it was supposed to be a last ditch negotiations that we -- He stumble in Baghdad and Moscow have gone absolutely nowhere.
The Iranians haven't even offered anything to do -- the world and the world is doing nothing and lastly what they've seen which I think was -- -- precipitating event is that the secretary of state -- State Department said they have no interest in red lines.
That I some strategists like and many quarters -- and others in the US have argued.
If there's any seriousness to our declaration and we're not gonna let Iran become nuclear.
We have to establish a red line in negotiations are going nowhere everyone knows it.
The program is accelerating in Iran unless we establish a red line a deadline.
That's a signal.
To the Iranians -- you do anything they want to be no response from the US that's why the Israelis are panicked but is -- -- different structures around redlining that deadline.
Other words not a day but an action by which you cross and then the US attacks it could be one nor the other could be a date.
If you're not gonna offer anything in negotiations.
Which they haven't we're gonna have to act or you say.
If you're in Richmond to reaches a certain capacity which they are rapidly achieving.
But if you don't establish any line any what it is that we are trying to prevent and win.
Then you are telling the -- -- in the world we're not serious and for the Israelis the Israelis are saying.
Either I have a red line that we'll trust you.
Or at least allow us to defend ourselves but don't do no red lines and give us a red light because in that case Israel is entirely helpless.
On more about that diplomatic implications of of saying.
You're not enemy was Israeli prime minister requests of me.
There's no diplomatic consequence in this area I mean the reality is -- telephones and telegraph some email and everything else and also.
That he has the opportunity to meet with Secretary Clinton with other officials.
I think in large part you know this is a situation where I think the Republicans and Mitt Romney see this as political -- Especially if you're talking to Jewish voters in this country that they're trying to win away from President Obama and -- I think today.
Well it must not they're gonna say some tomorrow it's not eleven yet.
Be it seems to me the reality of the situation gets lost here the reality is that the United States under President Obama not only.
-- is at record levels in terms of funding for Israel and the Israeli military.
But has been very clear that Israel has -- right to defend itself and has been all about saying that we do not want Iran to have nuclear capability.
And then -- military exercises are being conducted in that region in the waters off of Iran even now to make it very clear.
That they should not think that the United States has any reluctance to be involved in the military response.
Mitt Romney went to Israel he managed to insult the Palestinians he managed to say that you know.
Israel a Jerusalem should be the capital.
At some point get to say well wait is that always have him on that Democrats put back into their convention platform just six days ago that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel nobody they look everybody every administration Republican or Democrat this coming -- that's just you know window dress I guess I was getting out.
Right but I got -- went -- point here is.
There is very little difference between Romney Obama or any other American president in terms.
Seeking to establish peace as aren't in -- in American national interest.
-- before before I -- I want to.
Point to this.
Increasing tensions House Intelligence Committee described committee chairman describing.
What he saw and a meeting behind closed doors between the US ambassador and the Israeli prime minister and also a member of The Knesset now.
Right now the Israelis don't believe that this administration is serious when they say.
All options are on the table and more importantly neither -- the Iranians.
That's -- the program -- progress.
I think President Obama knows that prime minister Netanyahu -- asking.
What are you going to do regarding Iran how long you'll have to wait in May be wants to avoid that meeting.
-- -- Yeah -- Just for the record so far -- reading up on this all day -- all afternoon at least.
The owners I've -- news exclusively politicized this and talk about -- -- -- for the Republicans as you.
-- -- haven't -- anyone else do it how many having -- -- maybe tomorrow that will change but at the same time.
Part of the problem stems from the simple fact that.
The Israelis have a vested interest in keeping Iran from having the capability to build a nuclear bomb.
Barack Obama seems more concerned about preventing them from actually having a nuclear bomb and -- there's an important distinction between the two.
I think that also Bibi Netanyahu stuck in this box where heat.
If if he's told by administration Washington we will not approve you attacking if he goes alone -- attacks Iran.
They know that Iran will then attacked American interest American citizens.
And it could be very well rip asunder the relationship between Israel and America and that's why I think media is so incredibly frustrated.
Is that he knows that.
He can't go alone I mean -- could say that they have a right to defend themselves but if if you don't have the American sanction to it and he goes alone.
It could really -- relationship with the United States of America.
And the only way Beebe could actually make that call as if they really thought there was going to be sort of -- holocaust situation I don't think they're very.