Channel 2: US president calls PM, says confrontation with Syria will not negatively impact on the Iranian situation.
By HERB KEINON, GREER FAY CASHMAN
US President Barack Obama assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation on Saturday that he remains determined to keep Iran from going nuclear, Channel 2 reported Monday.
According to the report, Obama’s assurances came in a phone conversation with Netanyahu just prior to announcing in a White House speech that he would ask Congress to approve a limited US attack on Syria.
The advanced notice Obama gave Netanyahu of his plans is believed to have been motivated partly by a desire to mute Israeli criticism.
And, indeed, there has been relatively little public criticism from government circles of Obama’s tactics. The media, however, has been full of commentary arguing that Obama’s actions are sending the wrong signal to Iran, and showing that if the US president does not have the resolve to act immediately against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it was unlikely he would act against Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the Channel 2 report, Obama told Netanyahu that the confrontation with Syria did not negatively impact on the Iranian situation, and that the two situations were completely different.