Presidentdid not deem it suitable to meet Israeli Prime Minister during the latter’s visit to the United States, but on Friday Obama did make a phone call to Netanyahu to assuage his grievances on Iran’s nuclear program. The White House said in a statement that both the leaders expressed their resolve to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The White House also said that President Obama and Netanyahu agreed that all necessary steps would be taken to prevent Iran from developing atomic bomb.
It is a big development, indeed. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his concerns that the US was not serious in making Iran stop from enriching uranium. The latest telephonic call from Obama should allay his concerns, as the Obama administration is also pondering different ways to stop Iran from developing atomic bomb.
The media also reported that Republican presidential candidatealso spoke with Netanyahu Friday afternoon and discussed a host of issues including Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
What prompted both Obama and Mitt Romney to speak with Netanyahu is the fact that the US presidential election is going to be held on November 6 and there are a big number of Jewish voters in the US. The US Jews have also got their hold on economy, media and a number of other industries, so they matter a lot. Therefore, both the leaders have been trying to show themselves as the greatest benefactor of Israel and the Jewish community. Obama and Mitt Romney have been trying to play on Iran’s nuclear program and want to clinch votes of the Jewish community living in different states of the US.
While addressing the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented red lines against Iran’s nuclear program. The White House’s statement on telephonic conversation between both the leaders stopped short of saying any word on the Netanyahu-presented red lines.
It is hoped that Israel will try to use diplomatic means on Iran’s nuclear program and avoid direct confrontation with the Islamic Republic as assured by Netanyahu to the world leaders in the United Nations General Assembly.