Will Bibi Break Obama?
White House sources say that when Obama meets Netanyahu Tuesday, he will reject the prime minister’s demands.
by Pat Buchanan
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
The prime minister of Israel is angry with Barack Obama and is coming here to force a hardening of U.S. policy toward Iran.
“Bibi” Netanyahu had his anger on display at a meeting in Israel with Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
McCain emerged saying he had never seen an Israeli prime minister “that unhappy.” “He was angry,” said McCain. “I’ve never seen U.S.-Israel relations at this point.”
“The Israelis are unnerved,” said Graham. “They think the administration is sending the wrong signal, and so do I.”
What has so enraged Netanyahu? The Obama policy of tightening sanctions on Iran while holding out the opportunity for Tehran to negotiate and provide guarantees that its nuclear program is not aimed at an atomic bomb.
The U.S. intelligence community unanimously believes that Iran is some time away, perhaps years, from being able to produce a nuclear weapon and has not made the command decision to build one.
Israel retorts that Iran is entering a “zone of immunity,” when Israel will lack the ability to attack and abort Iran’s nuclear program, as new nuclear sites are being moved underground. Netanyahu’s government is also angry at what it sees as U.S. leaders’ distancing themselves from Israel.