Obama, Netanyahu to meet after months of chilly relations

The measures that could be included in a post-deal package start with a clarification of U.S.intent regarding Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.


Now that United States President Barack Obama has managed to knock down the arrogant Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after winning Congressional support for the deal that he negotiated alongside Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, to limit Iran’s nuclear arsenal, he is now hoping to bring Israel back into the fold.

Afterward, Netanyahu, with the help of Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the US , launched an ultimately unsuccessful campaign aimed at convincing congressional lawmakers to block approval of the nuclear deal. The McConnell offering would bar Obama from lifting sanctions against Iran until the country recognizes Israel as a state and releases us citizens now under Iranian custody.

In the midst of a bitter and sometimes personal dispute, Netanyahu insisted his opposition is “not about me and it is not about President Obama, it’s about the deal”.

Netanyahu angered the president and his aides in March when he delivered an address to Congress and denounced the U.S.-led deal with Iran over its nuclear program as a danger to Israel and regional security. Netanyahu went as far as calling Obama’s action as a “stunning, historic mistake”.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss a new 10-year agreement on U.S.-Israel security cooperation, including military aid, and “countering Tehran’s destabilizing activities” in the Middle East, Earnest said.

On Thursday Obama said that security discussions between the two states “already begun”.

According to Haaretz, meetings including one with Adam Szubin, the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes at the US Department of the Treasury, which is in charge of sanctions against Iran, where issues relating to intelligence and diplomatic cooperation regarding Iran as well as the future security of Israel were discussed.

“There is probably no world leader with whom the president has spent more time interacting and meeting with, than Prime Minister Netanyahu”, Earnest said.


The timing of the talks was initially quite controversial in Israel, with the military wanting a deal quick, and fearing that if Israel waited too long the White House wouldn’t need them and wouldn’t pay up.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during their meeting Monday March 5 2012 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington