Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the second day of his visit in the United States met with politicians in Congress. Republican presidential candidates have supported his hard line against Iran and accused President Obama of being a defence of Israel.
The three Republican contenders for the White House appeared on Tuesday at the annual conference of the American-Israel Political Action Committee ( ), the most influential institution of the Israeli lobby in the U.S..
Considered to be the favorite in the race for the presidential nomination are Massachusetts Governor said that if he becomes president, deploy off the coast of Iran, American warships.
He accused President Barack Obama, that he did not as much, as it was necessary, to stop Iran, from manufacturing nuclear weapons. - Tyrants only honor pledge backed by the courage and willingness to use it - he said.
Even the most dangerous opponent, spoke sharply to nominate Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum. He called on the U.S. government, to persuade Iran "a clear ultimatum", to demand dismantling of nuclear installations. If the Iranian regime will not do - he continued - America should "destroy itself".
In a similar vein, he spoke to former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. The conference ran only fourth candidate Ron Paul.
The dominant electoral bloc in the Republican Party (GOP) evangelical Protestants, who support Israel for religious reasons, based on teachings of the Old Testament.
As a representative of the administration of AIPAC conference, there was defense minister Leon Panetta. He assured Israel that the U.S. produce weapons and military equipment sufficient to ensure its' military superiority in the confrontation with any public or coalition of states. "
Mentioned here with modern air defense missile systems and the new F-35 aircraft. He did not mention, however, bombs capable of destroying underground bunkers where Iran is hiding its nuclear facilities.
Obama took to the AIPAC meeting on Sunday and on Monday met with Netanyahu at the White House. He tried to convince the Israeli prime minister, not to undertake unilateral military action against Iran. Immediately before the interview with Obama, however, Netanyahu said that Israel "reserves the right to a sovereign decision" in this case.
The two leaders then appeared not to a joint press conference, as it usually happens after the U.S. presidential meetings with leaders of other countries in the White House. Commentators believe that Obama's interview with Netanyahu has not led to the removal of discrepancies between them on Iran.
As he wrote Tuesday, "Washington Post", Obama did not support the public, in what circumstances would have made an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, as Netanyahu did not help - at least publicly - his position, that should give an opportunity for sanctions against Iran.
When Obama said during a joint appearance for the media: "The Prime Minister and I prefer to resolve through diplomatic channels", Netanyahu has not confirmed this.
A leading expert on the Middle East, Aaron David Miller, believe that the two leaders meeting was advantageous as it has resulted in improved personal relations between them, yet highly elegant.
In an interview for NPR radio on Tuesday, Miller said the meeting moved away, in his opinion, the threat of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, at least until the end of this year.
Other experts argue that the media make the mistake of writing that Israel wants to keep the aforementioned early preventive military action. According to them that Israel is not planning so far in talks with the U.S. mainly focused on tightening sanctions against Iran.