President Barack Obama stated on Sunday that the United States will
cooperate with the Israeli government in preventing Iran from joining
the world's "nuclear club." But Obama quickly noted that a diplomatic
solution to this nuclear crisis is still his goal.
During an interview with NBC News from the Oval Office, Obama said
that both the U.S. and Israel -- which is "rightly" concerned about
Iran's nuclear ambitions -- believe that "Iran has to stand down."
When he was asked if Israel is determined to attack Iran, Obama
replied that he didn't think Israel has made a decision. "We don't see
any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now,"
he said, adding that the his administration and Israel will work "in
lockstep" on dealing with the Iranian nuclear crisis.
The President again emphasized that his goal is to deal with the
Iranian nuclear provocation diplomatically, and Obama repeated his usual
mantra that "he was not taking any options off the table."
"We're going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a
nuclear weapon and creating an arms race -- a nuclear arms race -- in a
volatile region," Obama said during his interview with NBC, a TV network
accused by some of being openly pro-Obama.
President Obama made his remarks after news stories surfaced on
Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believed that Israel
could attack Iran this spring to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear
Panetta believed that there is a strong likelihood that Israel will
strike Iran in April, May or June before Iran enters what Israelis
described as a "zone of immunity" to commence building a nuclear bomb,
according to an article written by the Washington Post columnist David
The article said that Obama and Panetta had cautioned the Israelis
that the U.S. opposes an attack, believing that it would derail an
increasingly successful international economic sanctions program and
other non-military efforts to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear
While believing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has
not made a final decision to attack Iran, senior U.S. officials are
still worried about "the guns of spring -- and the unintended
consequences," the article added.
"Obama has been attempting to regain his political support by
American Jews, many of whom were angered at his rhetoric about Israel
and his treatment of Netanyahu. I wouldn't put a lot of stock in what
he's been saying on a number of issues," said Mike Baker, a political
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