White House: Obama Tells Netanyahu He’ll ‘Begin Consultations’ About U.S. Iran Solution
November 24, 2013 - 1:55 pm
The White House just released a readout of what it says transpired on President Obama’s call to Israel:
President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu today to discuss the P5+1’s first step agreement with Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The two leaders reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The President noted that the P5+1 will use the months ahead to pursue a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution that would resolve the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the President told the Prime Minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution. The President underscored that the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions. The President and Prime Minister agreed to stay in close contact on this issue as the P5+1 and Iran negotiate a long-term solution over the next six months.
Obama then left for DNC and DCCC events Seattle on a West Coast fundraising swing with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Netanyahu blasted the danger of the P5+1 agreement at this morning’s cabinet meeting. Dem supporters of Israel also said that a sanctions bill will move forward despite the administration’s promise to Iran that they won’t face new sanctions.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, nephew of King Abdullah and ambassador to London, called Obama’s rush to make a deal with Iran as “incomprehensible.”
“Appeasement hasn’t worked in the past, and I don’t think it will work in the 21st century,” he was quoted as saying. “That is why the frustration really is toward the main players within the United Nations Security Council, that’s their responsibility. And they will share also the blame, whatever deal comes out, they are responsible for it.”
“We are not going to sit idly by and receive a threat there and not think seriously how we can best defend our country and our region.”