(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both treat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for the U.S. to set a “red line” over Iran’s nuclear drive as “noise,” according to two recent interviews.
In an interview with the CBS program “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Obama said that he shares Netanyahu’s concerns over Iran but will make policy decisions based on U.S. interests.
“I understand and share Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon because it would threaten us, it would threaten Israel and it would threaten the world and kick off a nuclear arms race,” the U.S. president said.
But, asked by the interviewer if he feels any pressure from Netanyahu to “draw a line in the sand,” Obama said, “When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that's out there.”
Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, dismissed Netanyahu's demands as “noise” in an interview with The Washington Post published Monday.
Ahmadinejad said, “We, generally speaking, do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them ... Of course, they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves. But I do not believe they will succeed.”
Reacting to Obama's comments, Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement that by "dismissing Israel's and the international community's legitimate concerns about Iran as mere 'noise,'" Obama "yet again displays his Jimmy Carter-like naiveté when it comes to U.S. foreign policy."
"In these dangerous times, that puts the United States and our friends and allies around the world in jeopardy," Brooks said.