Obama Warns Israel on Rushing to War with Iran

Barack Obama has admonished Israel for “too much loose talk of war” with Iran and said the world has a responsibility to give sanctions an opportunity to discourage Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon.

Speaking before a meeting on Monday with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, Obama sought to head off pressure for him to commit to military action against Tehran if it crosses specified “red lines” in its nuclear programme.

The president told a sceptical audience at the annual conference of America’s most influential pro-Israel lobby group that he accepts a “basic truth” that no Israeli government can tolerate Iran developing a nuclear weapon, and that he therefore understands the “profound historical obligation” weighing on the shoulders of Israel’s leaders. Read more at the Guardian…

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