Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to the United States to persuade President Barack Obama that stepped-up sanctions, not diplomacy, is the way to deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
Netanyahu was scheduled to visit the White House on Monday and address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Netanyahu’s visit comes on the heels of a trip to the US by an Iranian delegation headed by President Hassan Rouhani and his address before the UN that many in the West hailed as a first step to a possible resolution to the nuclear standoff.
The Iranian president said last week that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and that atomic weapons contradict the Islamic Republic’s religious convictions and have no place in the country’s defense doctrine.
Capping off the visit, Rouhani and Obama had a 15-minute phone conversation that became the first direct communication between the presidents of the two countries since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Netanyahu, meanwhile, is deeply concerned about eased tensions between Iran and the United States and accuses Tehran of trying to buy time to build a nuclear weapon.
“I will tell the truth,” Netanyahu said at the airport in Tel Aviv, before leaving for the US. He said that he would present “the facts…in the face of sweet-talk and the onslaught of smiles.”
Netanyahu plans to persuade the Obama administration to maintain tough economic sanctions on Iran which Tehran insists must be lifted in order for a nuclear deal to occur.
Analysts say Netanyahu has little chance of persuading President Obama and the international community to back off from diplomacy with Iran.
Israeli analysts have also expressed concern that Netanyahu’s hard-line approach towards Iran is leaving him isolated by allies who want to give diplomacy a chance.
Before departing for the US, the Israeli premier instructed officials to refrain from interviews and comments about Iran to keep the Zionist regime’s message unified.
Bibi seems to realize his wars raged on other countries just arent working any longer. Actually, the spotlight is on Israel more and more these days. To the use of chemical weapons in Gaze with “Operation Cast Lead, ” and Israels refusal to ratify the treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons to refusing to stop the settlement building on Palestinian land, while announcing more and more all the time. Let alone come to an agreement with the Palestinians, who were recognized by the United Nations in an overwhelming vote. It’s much easier for Israel to divert the attention of everyone away from Israel while they commit these crimes against humanity. What Israel fails to recognize is people want PEACE now, NOT wars! He will NOT have the support he thinks he does. A prime example is Cameron and Obama loosing the “popular” vote to strike Syria. War is NOT the answer! I dont believe Bibi is even capable of telling the truth from his demented criminal mind. He must truly believe HIS “truths” are the actual factual truth. Definition of a sociopath.
Definition of “Antisocial Personality Disorder”
“Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal.”