Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday where he directly warned President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a “threshold nuclear power.”
“Iran seeks a deal that would lift the tough sanctions that you worked so hard to put in place and leave it as a threshold nuclear power. I fervently hope that under your leadership that would not happen,” Netanyahu told Obama in the Oval Office.
The Prime Minister stressed his wishes for an operation against Iran – as well as all forms of global jihad, including Islamic State (IS) – to be a joint one.
“We, the US and Israel, face many challenges and have many options,” he said. “I commend your leadership in organizing the war against ISIS – but we must also prevent Iran from becoming nuclear.”
“We need to work together to promote common interests and to make the Middle East safer and more promising,” he continued. Netanyahu also offered to mobilize the Arab countries in order to ensure a safer Middle East.
Netanyahu also thanked Obama for supporting Israel during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
“Your support for the Iron Dome Missile Defense System saved a lot of Israelis during Operation Protective Edge,” he said, adding that “US-Israel relations have progressed well over the years.”
Warm welcome, serious issues
Earlier Wednesday, Obama gave Netanyahu a friendly welcome before holding the closed session.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is no stranger to the White House,” Obama stated. “Israel is in a very turbulent neighborhood. We meet at a challenging time.”
“Once again, we reaffirm the unbreakable bond between US and Israel and our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security,” he continued. “During the summer, all of us were very concerned about the situation in Gaza. We were proud that the Iron Dome was protecting Israelis as rockets were pouring down on a regular basis.”
Obama called to change the “status quo.”
“We realize we have to find ways to change the status quo, so that both Israelis and Palestinians feel safe in their homes,” he stated. “We will work on rebuilding Gaza, but also on finding a more sustainable peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.”
“We will also discuss the progress we made this week in the attempts to deal with Iran’s nuclear program which is a high priority for Israel but also for the US and the world.”