On the vital issue singled out by Lake, Kohr had this to say:
It is not necessary for Iran to actually have the bomb to demonstrate beyond doubt that they have crossed the nuclear threshold. Iran with simply the capacity to quickly produce a weapon is a risk to peace, and a threat to the world. Iran, as a threshold nuclear state will strengthen our foes and frighten our friends. … That is why all U.S. officials must speak with one voice so Tehran clearly hears that America is unified in its determination to prevent a nuclear capable Iran.
Kohr, bluntly speaking, said to the president that Israel’s understanding of the threat from Iran — not his own — was right. For a left-leaning, pro-Obama Democrat, these are the toughest of words.
Indeed, he reiterated that while time for diplomacy might still exist, “that time is running out, quick.”
Moreover, he also slyly referenced Obama’s objections to “loose war talk,” by noting:
When American soldiers entered Iraq in 2003 and Tehran feared it would be next, Iran stopped work on developing a nuclear weapon. But when the mullah’s fear diminished, Iran’s nuclear scientists returned to business as usual and have been at it ever since. The reality today is that the Iranian regime is not frightened enough. We must increase the pressures on the mullahs to the point where they fear failure to comply will lead to their downfall.
Tonight AIPAC attendees will hear the long-awaited comments of Netanyahu, which will be made only a few hours after their last meeting of the day. It should indeed prove to be most interesting.