March 5th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Obama and Netanyahu focus on Iran's nuclear program

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday their nations stand together in their efforts to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon.

The two leaders met at the White House to discuss Iran's nuclear program and other Middle East issues amid talk that Israel may attack nuclear sites in Iran.

In comments to reporters before the meeting, Obama said both he and Netanyahu prefer a diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue.

However, Obama made clear - as he did in a speech to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday - that military force remains an option in the effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Netanyahu said he welcomed Obama's "strong speech" on Sunday and noted that Iran considers the United States the "great Satan" and Israel the "little Satan."

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  1. BOMBO ©

    As long as we're all up on our soap boxes, I'll repeat what I said about a year ago because there are probably a lot of new readers now. The biggest victim of bin-Laden and al-Qaeda is the Muslims. In the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks, the US position on the Arab – Israel conflict, and other issues affecting Muslims, was becoming more moderate. It was only a matter of time before US pressure would have forced Israel to abandon settlements and work out a deal with the Palestinians for independance. Other countries in conflict areas would have needed to deal with disaffected Muslims as well. But since the attacks, the US and other Western countries have been forced to roll back at least a generation. For strategic reasons, we need to be firm in our dealings with anyone we have doubts about, whether they are Palestinian, Kashmiri, or any number of other people who have had ties to terrorist groups.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Puh-leez

    I hear that term all the time from anti-semites. If you don't want to be known as one, using that as your little slogan will garner more hatred, not less. Puh-leez! Saying you work with JVP and JStreet gives as much validity as saying "I have a blsck friend" or "I have a gay friend". Meaning: nothing at all in to the big picture.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Talkic

    What happens when Iran finally has the bomb and follows through will Ahmedinejahd's threats? Sorry won't cut it.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    I don't worry about Iran nuking anybody. No world leader or government official is insane enough to use a nuke where the fallout could come back to them, or if they realise that their enemy will launch a counter-strike with their own nukes. I worry about the fact that Hamas, Hezbollah, and various regional versions of Islamic Jihad have close relations with Iran and might get hold of a working nuke. If the mentality of a suicide attack is figured in, those people would use a nuke if they could.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      Castro begged the USSR to use Cuba as a reason to start a nuclear war with the US..was willing to sacrifice Cuba for the Communist cause...

      March 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      The Taliban government of Afghanistan allowed and supported the 9/11 attack on the United States knowing perfectly well that the consequences would be deadly for them, the terrorist organization they've supported and their regime. Are you sure that today's leaders of Iran are somehow more rational than the leaders of Afganistan in 2001?

      March 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Puh-leez
    Good Jews and bad Jews, definitely yes. As there have been and are Jewish terrorist groups like Gush Emunim, Irgun, TNT, extremist movement of Rabbi Meir Kahane, Kahane Chai or the "Kings Torah" written by Yitzahik Shapiro & Yusuf Elitzer there are more than 70 Israeli Jewish groups against Zionism and policies of Israeli regime like B'Tselem, Gush Shalom, Rabbis for Human Rights, OZv'Shalom, Jews united against Zionism. The list goes on.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • youaretheblues

      Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
      Golda Meir
      So Iran is having democratic elections and developing nuclear capability. The pictures we see of Muslims worshipping God shouldn't send us running for cover...or worse...setting up a nuclear strike...why can't we just pay them for their fricken oil?

      March 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Iran if & when it acquires a nuclear weapon would be suicidal to use it & get their own country wiped out by our retaliation. Just as India & pakistan wouldn't dare attack each other now as both are nuclear powers. It would be suicidal.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      The Taliban government of Afghanistan allowed and supported the 9/11 attack on the United States knowing perfectly well that the consequences would be deadly for them, the terrorist organization they've supported and their regime. Are you sure that today's leaders of Iran are somehow more rational than the leaders of Afganistan in 2001??

      March 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good day all you guys out there hunkering for us to get into another war. I wouldn't wish you luck for my country's sake.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I do not see anyone here hankering for another war...I just see people disagreeing with one another's views.
      Nothing new there, saywhat, is it?

      There are no winners in wars...only loss all around...

      March 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well, if it makes you feel better, how about this.

      Let's bomb them! Let's get in there and finish them off! And not just them! Syria too! And Pakistan! And any other country that ends with -stan! What does stan mean anyway, is it Polish for "terrorist"? Kill the stans! Before they kill us!

      How's that?

      March 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Ahmadinejad serves at the pleasure of the religious council in Iran. His job, his only job, is to speak loudly knowing he hasn't got a big stick to back himself up. Any attack on the west using a Nuclear device would mean an end to the Iranian Islamic state forever. In the event of war, their entire infrastructure would be targeted...not just their nuclear facilities. It wouldn't mean MAD...but simply the "Assured Destruction" of
    everything Iranian. They don't particularly want that. They prefer the cat and mouse game they are currently playing!

    March 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Well...maybe if we surround Iran with about 20 or 30 nukes on it's borders, then maybe they'll give inspectors the 50cent tour.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    You could release one massive billion megaton BOMBOS "stan-bomb", untill the towel stench and the radtiation circled the globe. And, there still would be 1,000,000 more idiots from Russia, China, and North Korea waiting to put thier dibs in on us.
    Idiots...all of 'em. Morons... 😉

    March 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      ...Russiastan, Chinastan, Koreastan...

      March 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    And BOMBO is backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval !

    March 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greek American

    The more I hear about Iran, the more worried I have become in the fact that Israel will take some kind of military action against them by this summer. That means that the US will also get involved, as is being reported now by multiple analysts. Not good news.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greek American

    New Israel States of Americastan


    March 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
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