Israel Political Brief March 4, 2012: President Barack Obama and PM Benjamin Netanyahu will meet under the shadow of Iran and their own histories

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Obama and Netanyahu will meet under the shadow of Iran and their own histories

Source: JTA, 3-4-12

President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres share a warm exchange at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, March 4, 2012. (Courtesy Office of President Shimon Peres)
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President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres share a warm exchange at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, March 4, 2012. (Courtesy Office of President Shimon Peres)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As if their own fraught history and the prospect of a nuclear Iran weren’t enough, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will bring to their meeting on Monday each nation’s vexing and at times self-contradictory relationship with war.

Obama, facing what could be a tough reelection battle, must reconcile dueling American impulses: to stand up to bullies, and to keep away from protracted bloody involvements overseas.

Netanyahu must reconcile the contradiction that has dogged Israeli leaders since the birth of the Jewish state: the desire for friendship and validation, and the deep-seated belief that Jews can rely only on themselves.

The contradictions were evident both in President Obama’s speech Sunday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and in Netanyahu’s response.

Obama made it clear that Iran and its suspected drive to a nuclear weapon was the villain of this piece.

“No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel’s destruction,” he said.

The hall was silent, however, when Obama outlined the considerations that keep him insisting on trying all diplomatic options….READ MORE

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