A week after President Obama declared in an United Nations meeting that the U.S. will pursue a diplomatic path with Iran to keep it from creating nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit the White House today to dissuade the administration from doing such a thing.
"I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles. ... Telling the truth today is vital for the security and peace of the world and, of course, it is vital for the security of the State of Israel," Netanyahu said before flying to the U.S. on Saturday night, a day after Obama held a phone conversation with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. It was the first interaction between the U.S. and Iran in three decades.
Netanyahu is concerned that warming relations between the U.S. and Iran will post further threats to Israel. Rouhani has said that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons but is using its nuclear program for energy purposes only. But Israel wants nothing short of the complete dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has called for the destruction of Israel.
After meeting with President Obama today, Netanyahu will speak at the U.N. tomorrow.
Reid Epstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO