Obama again vows to have Israel's back against Iran
Ed Henry reports from Jerusalem
- Duration 5:06
- Date Mar 21, 2013
Ed Henry reports from Jerusalem
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Good evening I'm Bret -- from the Israeli government's perspective a country living with the threat of a nuclear Iran possibly President Obama has said the right things.
During his visit.
About making sure -- does not get a nuclear weapon.
And at least one Israeli leader is convinced if push comes to shove and military action is needed the US will be right alongside Israel.
Amid the talk of war though the president is also pushing for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
And that effort took a different tone on a specific issue today.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is traveling with the president reports tonight from Jerusalem.
President Obama spent the second day in Jerusalem showing he's been -- fences with Israeli leaders.
Getting an up close look at the Dead Sea scrolls to refute desires of Jewish history and later tried to go around the leaders had appealed directly to the young.
People of Israel to talk up peace.
Look to a future in which Jews and Muslims and Christians can all live in peace and greater prosperity.
In this holy land while also holding out the threat of war.
I can't vowing US we'll have Israel's back.
But threatening possible military action against Iran and -- present I've said.
All options are on the table for achieving our objectives of -- Erica we'll do what we must to prevent a nuclear armed Iran.
One day after he had several hours of talks with mr.
Obama Israeli President Shimon Peres agreed to an exclusive interview with Fox News.
The declared he believes his American counterpart -- is prepared to bomb Iran if necessary from.
-- sued the group in Buffalo News.
But if somebody -- disputes.
Promoters -- -- -- -- Perez who late in the evening hosted mr.
Obama first state dinner and presented him with a medal of distinction.
Told fox for his experience American presidents did not announce things by accident there -- go through the worlds because -- have to keep demoted him to the ability to.
It could be a way to gently plot mr.
Obama to follow up on the talk with action just as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to do earlier on this trip.
I'm absolutely convinced the president -- There is determined to prevent Iran from getting your work.
-- -- -- It comes at a time.
Time when the stakes could not be any higher with Iran's supreme leader today threatening to literally -- to Israeli cities off the -- -- Haifa and Tel Aviv it.
Israel attacks first.
Baghdad may be done ambition know that if they make this mistake the Islamic republic will raise Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground against Israel today was also facing new threats from -- Palestinian extremists with four rockets raining down on the city -- still -- We're mr.
Obama visited as a -- -- it it 2008.
The rockets were fired for the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip.
Just hours before mr.
Obama headed to the West Bank to visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Get on a trip that started with White House officials trying hard to lower expectations.
Obama appeared to raise them.
-- -- suggesting both sides could come back to the table I absolutely believe that it is still possible.
But I think it is very difficult if we can get.
I believe that the shape.
A potential deal.
Is there -- -- bonds pointed to a major sticking point for Palestinians.
Settlements in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
Did you don't know I mean it -- -- for the.
Many Palestinians -- my.
You got to Monday -- settlements.
And that may lead and the less -- that.
-- and I don't know who gave -- event that's all right today or not to us as the two state solution on vision anymore.
Obama stopped short of calling for a halt to Israeli settlement Perez had a warning.
When Israel pulled its settlements from Gaza extremists who did and that could play out again proves no people of saying you could should believe there was -- maybe it appears that.
What happened in Gaza it is speech to mostly students the president urged Israelis to put themselves in the shoes of Palestinians for the sake of achieving peace.
Although there was an unscripted moment.
He was interrupted by protests -- A young Palestinian who felt the president was -- too much with Israel this is part of the lively debate we talked about.
Meanwhile the president tonight facing new pressure on another hot spot in this region Syria senators John McCain and Carl Levin firing off a letter urging him to take more active steps to stop the slaughter they say quote we believe there -- credible options.
At your disposal included leaving including limited military options that would require neither putting US troops on the ground.
Nor acting unilaterally the senators say that includes.
Precision air strikes it could take -- president's -- aircraft power also talking about more robust aid to the opposition significance of course Carl Levin.
He's a Democrat.
-- Ed -- gentlemen -- present in Jerusalem Ed thank you.