Obama set to assure Israel that, if all else fails, US will attack Iran by June 2013 — TV report
American and Israeli officials are working to
arrange a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu at which the White House will assure Israel that the
US will use force to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons drive by next June at
the latest if the Islamic Republic has not halted its program by then,
Israel’s Channel 10 news reported on Tuesday night.
The meeting will take place in New York or
Washington at the end of September or the very beginning of October, the
report said. David Axelrod, senior strategist in Obama’s re-election
campaign, is coordinating arrangements for the meeting, the report said.
The key formulation being discussed for Obama
to assure Netanyahu is that the US “will attack Iran by June 2013″ if
the Iranian nuclear weapons drive has not halted by then, the report
Despite incessant reports from Israel
asserting that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are strongly
inclined toward ordering an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities
in September or October, the US administration tends not to believe that
Israel would go ahead and attack Iran alone and in defiance of the US,
the report said. Nonetheless, Washington is not certain of what Israel
The White House is thus looking to reassure Israel and reduce the prime
minister’s concern that, if Israel does not intervene militarily, nobody
else will and the Iranians will get the bomb — a situation Netanyahu
has made clear he considers untenable, since it would place the Jewish
state under existential threat.
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