Result of Netanyahu's Visit to the US: Obama and Israel's PM Discussed Iran's Nuclear Programme
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from Washington, DC, and his aides are calling his meeting with US President Barack Obama a success. While the American president didn't give formal approval for an Israeli strike on Iran, military action was not ruled out, and Netanyahu's supporters say that Obama acknowledged Israel's right to act unilaterally to defend itself. Netanyahu and Obama spent over two hours together in relatively amicable meetings, but the US and Israel say the talks were serious and productive. Netanyahu stated that Israeli had not made a final decision on whether to strike preemptively, and Obama said he didn't define any "red lines" or triggers which would compel US approval or military assistance. However, Netanyahu's aides say the Israeli PM did succeed in narrowing the window for attempts at diplomatic resolution to the nuclear crisis. Analysts say that Israel is waiting for the United States to take the lead on any military action against Iran. Not only would the American military be much more effective, but analysts believe that America would have far more international support. But the United States is not ready to take direct action. President Obama insists that sanctions are having a devastating effect on Iran's economy and that they need more time to work. Obama's upcoming reelection campaign is also a factor, and Americans are already tired from two long wars in the Middle East. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak says that Iran <b>...</b>
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