Netanyahu: Meeting with Obama to focus on Iran, Syria, peace process

Click photo to download. Caption: Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.( At the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to visit Israel in the near future.

“This an important visit that will highlight the strong alliance between Israel and the U.S.,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom. “I think the importance of this alliance is even more prominent in light of the great revolutions and earthquakes taking place around us.”

Netanyahu said his meeting with Obama would focus on three issues—Iran’s nuclear program, the unrest in Syria, and efforts to promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney had said the peace process “is not the purpose of this visit” by Obama.

Citing sources in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported on Sunday that the main issue of discussion during Obama’s trip would be Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials told Army Radio that Obama was coming to Israel in order to personally tell Netanyahu in a clear manner not to order an independent Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 

Posted on February 11, 2013 .