Israel’s Netanyahu Tries to Get Between Obama and Iran

Meeting at the White House on Monday

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Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered his housing minister to halt a contentious settlement plan.

Updated at 10:26 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2013

Winging his way to Washington on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to deflate the new spirit of diplomacy that’s blossomed between the U.S. and Iran. A post appeared on his Twitter account, perhaps from 11,000 m in the air, perhaps from the desk of a PR functionary back in Jerusalem. “I will tell #truth in face of the sweet-talk and the onslaught of smiles,” the post read. “One must talk facts and one must tell the truth.”

Netanyahu did not publicly comment immediately after Obama placed his call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday. “Things are going really, really fast — faster than expected,” the New York Times quoted a conservative Iranian journalist as saying. Netanyahu’s job — at the White House, where he will meet Obama on Monday, and at the U.N., where he will speak on Tuesday — is to slow things down, probably by making repeated note of the facts surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, the issue that brought Obama and Rouhani together. Iran says its nuclear program has no military component; much of the rest of the world suspects that is a lie.

(MORE: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly: Three Takeaways)

The Israeli reality check will likely take the form of details — the number of centrifuges spinning in Iran’s underground Natanz plant, where uranium is enriched to 3.5 %, and another plant, the heavily fortified Fordow, where enrichment continues to 20 %, an elevation that brings the nuclear fuel closer to bomb grade. He will likely note the progress on the heavy water reactor being built at Arak, which will be able to produce plutonium. Netanyahu may direct people to the files posted online at the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which say all most observers need to know about an oil-rich country that, more than a decade ago and in secret, set out to master every element of the nuclear-fuel cycle.

In the hours before he left for Washington, Netanyahu was immersing himself in the data at length, Shimon Shiffer writes in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth: “He intends to share this information with Obama.”

And, on Tuesday, he’ll do the same with the global audience from the familiar green rostrum of the General Assembly, where Netanyahu will be the last speaker of the annual convocation. A year ago, Netanyahu stole the show by holding up a cartoon bomb — a gimmick, but one that succeeded in keeping control of the narrative of the Iranian nuclear threat. Netanyahu (and then Defense Minister Ehud Barak) had done a remarkable job of bringing Iran’s ambiguous program to the top of the global agenda, most effectively by timing their own unsubtle threats of air strikes as a drumroll for the release of a damning IAEA report. The Iran of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did its part too, galvanizing the world’s diplomatic community against it by allowing thugs to overrun the British embassy just a couple of weeks later.

(MORE: Obama to U.N.: Diplomacy With Iran ‘Must Be Tested’)

But the rise of Rouhani, with the assent of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has taken control of the narrative away from the Jewish state. That matters, as the issue enters the realm of high-level diplomacy, because it’s not yet clear whether Israel and the U.S. share the same definition of an acceptable outcome. That’s a major reason for Israel’s unease with the enthusiasm over the phone call between Obama and Rouhani and the momentum the call might bring.

All of which will feed a fresh round of speculation about Netanyahu’s relationship with Obama — a troubled one for the four years of the American’s first term, then recast as a buddy movie during Obama’s state visit earlier this year. But that was before Obama called the President of Israel’s worst enemy. After the conversation between Obama and Rouhani was made public, the White House broadcast assurances that Israel was told the call would happen before it went through. But in Israel the Sunday papers hinted not all was well.

“Obama presented Netanyahu with a done deal,” wrote Yedioth columnist Nahum Barnea, widely respected and no apologist for Netanyahu. “The advance warning about the phone conversation with Rouhani, which was given to National Security Adviser Major General Yaakov Amidror prior to the conversation, was a joke. Obama neither consulted with Netanyahu nor did he take his position into account.”

So the table is set for more drama, if dramatic is how Bibi chooses to play it. Two-and-a-half years ago, he sat in the Oval Office and lectured Obama on the history of the Palestinian conflict as cameras rolled. Netanyahu could try to bully Obama again. But given the extraordinary amount of cooperation between governments as a matter of routine, though — and substantial investment both leaders have made in improving their personal dynamic — look for a more restrained approach from the Netanyahu when he visits the White House this time.

MORE: Iran President Rouhani’s Real Challenges

59 comments
Kylua
Kylua

Any agreement other than complete capitulation by Iran on all issues will not be acceptable to Netanyahu.  He is utterly determined that Iran will not be allowed a nuclear power program as they are fully entitled to do by the NPT that Iran has signed and Israel absolutely refuses to.
Israel has zero right to insist that other nations adhere to international law when they are, by far and away, the nation that flouts international law the most.  Netanyahu has openly stated his utter contempt for international law and past agreements on numerous occasions.  It is hypocrisy in the extreme that someone who considers himself to be above the law insists that others follow the law.

HaroldT
HaroldT

Why do you not give a history of Rouhani's past activities ?

Has this leopard changed its spots?

anjan288
anjan288

Israel seems to have its own score to settle with Iran, and it better not drag the US to pursue its own agenda. As Netanyahu has categorically stated in his UN address, that Israel will go alone, if it is forced to go alone, the people of Israel need to understand that they will actually be on their own, if they have to have a war with Iran on the nuclear issue  ...........

GrantBalm
GrantBalm

The Jews!  Always the bad side of life, always unhappy, always squabbling, always disagreeable, always ME, ME, ME.

EricGameon
EricGameon

So he is going to volunteer to oversee implementation of any agreements? Is he saying he will help Iran attain energy independence and the realization of a stable infrastructure for Iran. That would be great if Israel could get people in there to help over see the pursuit of alternative energy such as hydro electric, clean coal, natural gas, and solar plants. This could offer a great expansion to the relationship with Israel and Iran. We all know Israel can use all the friends it can get. It would be great if they were looking for opportunities instead of only seeing problems. Where there is a problem there is an opportunity to mitigate the problem by taking the opportunity to solve it and be the hero. 

Wish people could start looking forward while remembering the past. Go forward without letting the past hold them back. Plan for the worst and hope for the best instead of planing for the worst and worrying that the worst could happen at any moment.  

SamSweden
SamSweden

Food for thought # 2 : Israel has an arsenal of nuclear bombs and does not allow international inspectors to check it. Iran has no nuclear bomb and is ready to prove it as recently stated in the UN by Rouhani the new Iranian president.

Israel has chemical weapons and used white phosphorous on civilians in December 2008 and January 2009 during their attack on Gaza. USA with their double standard behaviour did not bomb Israel for this crime...contrary to what they were ready to do  recently : bombing Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians. Iran by the way never used any chemical weapons on any country...

So Mr Netanyahu...charity starts at your home ...therefore please keep quiet and let USA and the rest of the free world make peace with Iran !!

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS SO SENIORS MAY READ IT......I DEFEND THE WEAK AND THE OPPRESSED AGAINST THE TYRANTS.....KNIGHT

THERE GOES TIME MAGAZINE AGAIN.......INSULTING SUBTLY BIBI NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL.......FAVORING THE BOMB ATOMIC LOVING IRANIANS.......

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AS AN APOSTATE OF ISLAM.....HE CAN BE KILLED.....BECAUSE YOU CANNOT RENOUNCE YOUR MOSLEM FAITH ONCE BORN INTO IT....

VALENTINE, WORLD HISTORIAN, MILITARY HISTORIAN, POLITICAL HISTORIAN, COMEDIAN.....LOL


furnishmerchant
furnishmerchant

The zionists went to that neighborhood, took over a house by force, forced its occupants out and moved in.  Now, some 80+ years later, they're still whining about the neighbors.

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

It is Russia, having the last laugh! In one master stroke, Putin stopped bombing of Syria and has delivered Rouhani to Obama in a flavor, hard to resist! Bibi, who has made a carrier out of screaming about Iran's nuclear goals to annihilate Israel, must look for a new target. He can no longer lecture to Obama and indulge in US bashing at the Jewsish Lobby forums in the US

guiness22820
guiness22820

USA. President Obama should require Israel to Comply to NNPT. ; UN. IAEA. Inspections ; Allow the UN. Ordered Human Rights Investigations ; and to Stop Building their Illegal Settlements , before he even meets with their PM. Netanyahu. 

Zionist Netanyahus' Israel is the True Rogue Nuclear Outlaw State.

They have built 400+ ThermoNuclear Weapons while totally Refusing to Sign the NNPT. , as Iran has done , also whilst Refusing to allow any UN. IAEA. Inspections at all , as Iran has allowed. 

Netanyahu and Israel should be allowed No say and have No Voice in that until they Comply. ! 

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Netanyahu has been stating since 1992 , almost every year , that Iran is only 6 months away from having Nuclear Weapons. ! 


Rogue Nation Israel has been making illegal Nuclear Weapons since about 1965. 

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usbworks
usbworks

Does this mean that Bibi wasn't telling the truth before when he came running down the mountain screaming that Iran was 6 months away from nuclear capability? Now the boy who cried wolf is promising to tell the truth. Who wants to bet it's that Iran is 6 months away from the bomb?

usbworks
usbworks

It looks like the Iranians have developed a weapon that Bibi is defenseless against, the smile attack. Just look at that mug shot.


ArmandWinter
ArmandWinter

Obama didn't bomb Syria, Obama is talking to Iran. Netenyahu is exacting revenge by having his Zionist buddies Cruz and Eric Cantor shut our government down. Cruz's wife worked for N(J)ew World Order CFR and now has his insurance from her new employer, Goldman Sachs. 

SamSweden
SamSweden

Netanyahu wants WAR, the rest of the world wants PEACE...Netanyahu should be quiet and should be reminded to stop behaving above the law, but abide with the many United Nations resolutions which among them to stop the occupation of the West Bank, to stop building illegal settlements in Palestinian land, to release prisoners including teen agers without trials...

On the other hand it is mind boggling the appalling  double standard  of USA who advocates freedom to oppressed countries like Syria, but go on supporting Israel with its apartheid oppressive regime...   

fubar.kiss
fubar.kiss

The Israeli will do whatever he/it can to cause problems for any reprochment with the US and Iran. Their interest is solely to keep the conflict alive. Their best interest is more and more US money and arms to Israel, more US military in the region. All will allow them to continue to take territory and subjugate more arabs and palestinians.

racerkoi
racerkoi

"Obama presented Netanyahu with a done deal,” wrote Yedioth columnist Nahum Barnea, widely respected and no apologist for Netanyahu. “The advance warning about the phone conversation with Rouhani, which was given to National Security Adviser Major General Yaakov Amidror prior to the conversation, was a joke. Obama neither consulted with Netanyahu nor did he take his position into account.”

Well, Boo Hoo!  The president of the United States didn't ask Netanyahu's permission before he spoke to the President of another sovereign nation.  What the F???  Since when does American Foreign Policy have to ask for approval from Israel?

I hope Netanyahu's presentation to the UN has more truth in it than Colin Powell's Iraq speech.  Nations sometimes do use that forum for their own purposes, you know.


saintgeorge5
saintgeorge5

What about Israel's arsenal of nuclear and chemical weapons.  Israel has used white phosperous shells on civilians in Gaza.   America is also a serial user of WMD and CW.  From Agent Orange to Uranium Tipped shells in Falujah. ( A Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki).


Main stream media, just regurgitates lies told my its Government.


Comments by Bibi are morally repugnant and treated as such.  Iran has not attacked any country on the contrary, Sadam Hussien was encouraged to attack Iran and also used CW supplied by US.


Please, please, shed this double standard and avoid World War III.

nreclleshaj
nreclleshaj

TO ISRAEL - IRAN - USA - VATICAN


1. ISRAEL WANTS TO BUILD A TEMPUL AND IT MUST NOT BE DONE THEIR WAY - IT IS A ABOMINATION TO GOD.


2.  BECAUSE THE SACRIFICE OF BLOOD - GOD HATES THAT. 


3. ISRAEL IS A LOST SHEEP. A SHEEP LED ASTRAY. 


4. THEY HAVE TO COME TO KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST.


5. ISLAM NATION HAS BEEN A STUMBLING BLOCK ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD  - REFERRING TO THE LINE OF ISHMAEL - MECCA THAT MUST BE REBUILD.




LET'S REVIEW LINE AND MATCH GOD'S WORD LINE BY LINE:


1. HEBREWS 10:


4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 


DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SON OF MARY DIED AND WAS MADE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL?


2. ISAIAH 1:11


"The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.


DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SON OF MARY DIED AND WAS MADE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL?


3. JEREMIAH 50:6 


“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold.


DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SON OF MARY DIED AND WAS MADE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL?


4. JOHN 10:15-16


Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.


DO YOU NOW BELIEVE THAT SON OF MARY DIED AND WAS MADE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL?


5.1  


ROMANS 11:19


And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:


5.2  


1 CORINTHIANS 1:23


But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the ORTHODOX foolishness;


5.3  


EZEKIEL 3:20


Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.


DO YOU BELIEVE NOW THE WARNING THAT I'AM THAT I'AM. I'AM HAS SENT ME TO YOU TO TESTIFY THESE THINGS TODAY THE NEW JERUSALEM IS THE ONLY WAY TO ALL NATIONS - VIEW INVITATION IN YOUR BROWSER:  file://localhost/Users/nreclleshaj/Desktop/THE%20NEW%20JERUSALEM.pdf


5.4 ISHMAEL - MECCA TODAY MUST BE REBUILD AND BELONGS TO CHILDREN UNDER AGES OF TWELVE.


GENESIS 17:20-22


20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.




AND FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR FATHER IS THE DEVIL (SATAN) THE FATHER OF ALL LIES


JOHN 10:26-28


but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.


JOHN 8:44 

44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.


JOHN 5:36-47


36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study[c] the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.


41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[d]?


45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”


WHICH MANNER ARE YOU ASKING FOR PEACE? YOU WICKED PEOPLE.  HOW? HOW? YOU TALK BUT KNOW NOT WHAT ARE YOU SAYING. 


DO YOU NOW BELIEVE THAT SON OF MARY DIED AND WAS MADE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL? 1980 YEARS AGO. NO PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED YET. WHY?



cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

Big piece of news at the end of this article. Apparently, Netanyahu has truth on his side.

That would be huge news and a first ever event!

Netanyahu is not to be trusted. He has proven himself time and again to be nothing be a terrorist with the backing of a rogue state (Israel). Every move they make is illegal and he is now worried his only real tool in the box has opened direct communications with his boogey-man. Bye-bye Israel. It hasn't been that nice to know you.

horriblebob
horriblebob

The photo of Netanyahoo is worth a thousand words

Northforkbully
Northforkbully

@TIME @TIMEWorld because Iran is full of terrorist extremist who want to destroy the world. But yeah time let's blame the Jews!

chacalcdn
chacalcdn

Why not talking?

No lost lives involved, no big loss except perhaps ONE's EGO???

Just say thank you for the billions in aid and hope the President succeds.

In other words MAN UP.

boulderfinfan
boulderfinfan

Bibi doesn't know anything about the truth. Israel right wing government is very keen in keeping millions of people on the verge of starvation because of their government's policy. They've been doing to gaza for decades now. They want every Iranian on the verge of starvation with these illegal sanctions as long as their government is intact. That won't work anymore. Israel needs to learn to live with it's neighbors in peace. We're done doing the dirty work for Israel and it's warmongering policies.

boulderfinfan
boulderfinfan

Nutjobyahoo has been crying wolf about Iran for 20 years now. I hope Obama lets him have it and also tell him that Israel needs to sigh the NPT and get rid of it's own nuclear arsenal as part of a nuclear free middle east. Enough of Israel making decisions for our country. 

PeterEdwardHarrington
PeterEdwardHarrington

So let's bring the truth - who has an undeclared arsenal of chemical weapons? Who refuses to sign up to the 1979 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Who frequently colours issues of politics with race and historical grievance? Who is illegally occupying another country's territory? Israel. I only hope that within the new relationship between Iran and the US, hardliners on both sides take a back site, and Israel ceases meddling!

mairage96
mairage96

... .......:> w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m 

TonyMarelli
TonyMarelli

Typical right wing war monger. Being a Jew has nothing to do with it since the majority of Israelis want peace.

HaroldT
HaroldT

@SamSweden Propagating another blood libel against Israel. Israel did not use phosphorous and has never had chemical weapons.

derekcaamano
derekcaamano

@SamSweden   Iran doesn't want peace either. Just look internally, there are public executions, house arrests, and oppression of political dissidents. Their record isn't squeaky clean either. 

mikevolze
mikevolze

@fubar.kiss What about the subjugation of Arabs by Iran?  You forget to mention how poorly they're treated in Iran itself.

mikevolze
mikevolze

@saintgeorge5 Iran hasn't attacked anyone?  Tell that to the Syrians being killed by IRGC forces, the Israelis killed by Hezbollah missiles funded by Iran, or the Iraqis killed by mobs of shiite militiamen led by Iranians.  Iran hasn't started any wars, but they've sure killed enough people outside of them.

racerkoi
racerkoi

@Northforkbully @TIME @TIMEWorld  

You know all these terrorist extremists personally?

Nobody blamed the Jews for anything...Obama called Rouhani.  Period.

derekcaamano
derekcaamano

@boulderfinfan Crying wolf over what? Iran is the predator and aggressor that Israel claims it is. There are more centrifuges and higher plutonium levels than there were at election times, so Rouhani does have some explaining to do.

mairage96
mairage96

@TonyMarelli I have ever had. I began this 3 months ago and almost immediately startad bringin in at least $78... p/h.  ... .......:> w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m

SamSweden
SamSweden

@HaroldT @SamSweden Yes indeed HaroldT...Israel did use phosphorous bombs against Gaza civilians...The truth is all over Google...Please check it out and let us meanwhile pray for peace in the Middle East...especially between Israel and Palestine : Two countries to live side by side in peace, freedom and respect for human rights and for human dignity..and for Iran to have peace with the rest of the world...an Iran free of atom bombs including an Israel free also of atom bombs !!! Have a good day HarodT!!!

SamSweden
SamSweden

@derekcaamano @SamSweden Food for thought: The Jews of Iran have equal rights like any Iranian and consider themselves patriotic Iranians. They have their own Synagogues, their own Jewish schools, their own coacher butcheries and they live in harmony with the rest of the Iranian population. Arab Israelis, whether Christians or Moslems are considered by the Israeli apartheid regime as second class citizens and have no equal rights like the rest of the Israeli Jews...

Contrary to what derekcaamano states, the new Iranian regime headed by Rouhani, who was democratically elected by the majority of Iranians, this new regime want peace and are embarking on new democratic reforms including releasing political prisoners... 

derekcaamano
derekcaamano

@mikevolze @saintgeorge5 And not to mention the recent Camp Ashraf massacre that Iran had a role in. There are STILL seven hostages that the world isn't paying attention to, so the world needs to stop pretending that Rouhani is "Mr. Nice Guy"

DrorBenAmi
DrorBenAmi

Hi lee, see you have changed your name again. How are things in Canada? By the way, in 1948 the Arabs only owned 13 percent of Palestine, not 93 percent. The Jews own 7 percent, and the other 80percent was state land. After 1948 this is the land that became Israel.

Tell us lee, how much land did the white Europeans in Canada own in the 1700's ?

mikevolze
mikevolze

@racerkoi @TIME @TIMEWorld He's a little nuts, but the part about terrorists is pretty accurate.  Look at Syria, Lebanon, Israel, or Iraq for proof of Iranian terror.