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Both President Obama and Ahmadinejad Liken Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Iran to “Noise”

September 23, 2012 9:35 pm 39 comments

President Obama on a previous episode of 60 minutes.

In an interview airing tonight on CBS’s 60 Minutes, President Obama likens Israel’s expressions of concern over a nuclear Iran to noise he tries to ignore, according to AFP. The news agency writes, “President Barack Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a line in the sand over Iran’s nuclear ambitions as noise he tries to ignore, according to remarks aired on Sunday.”

The Weeekly Standard provides the transcript:

STEVE KROFT: “How much pressure have you been getting from Prime Minister Netanyahu to make up your mind to use military force in Iran?”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Well—look, I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time. And 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.”

STEVE KROFT:  “You’re saying, you don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don’t feel any pressure?”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “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. Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we’re in close consultation with the Israelis—on these issues. Because it affects them deeply. They’re one of our closest allies in the region. And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence.

Interestingly, in an interview with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius published today, Iran’s anti-Semitic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used exactly the same term when describing concerns that the Israelis have raised over the country’s nuclear program.

Here is the transcript provided by the Washington Post:

IGNATIUS: “I want to ask as my first question the one every citizen of the world would like to ask today: What is the chance of a war in Iran that would result from an Israeli attack on your nuclear facilities?”

AHMADINEJAD: “I have spoken about this topic at length, previously. 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. Iran is also a very well recognized country and her defensive powers are very clear.”

39 Comments

  • This is nuts. Obama’s statement (if not his actions) evince strong support for Israel. Read it again! To simply find that he and Ahmadinejad used the same word and conclude that this must mean that Obama is anti-Israel is nuts beyond belief. Do you really believe that anyone but a few crazies believe this sort of argument?

  • Hey Obama

    I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genisis 12:3
    This is the God of Israel speaking to the people of Israel. God’s will is not contingent upon anyones belief, like truth it is what it is and his Will, will be done inspite of egomaniacs like you and Ahmadidawad

  • “They’re one of our closest allies in the region” said Obama about Israel, according to the article.

    Unfortunately, that’s pretty much what he says about every other country:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/03/obama-uses-same-words-about-different-countries/1#.UGBs4Y0iaSo

    Next, he’ll be saying they “punch above their weight”. That usually follows.

  • James G. Borden

    AMERICAN PATRIOTS’ MOVEMENT OF AMERICA
    National Headquarters: Hilo, Hawaii

    Both Kenyan born Muslim Barack Hussein Obama II who is the Islam’s Muslim General and Iran want the destruction of Israel and America.

    When will the American people wake-up and realize we have a foreign born terrorist illegally occupying the White House.

    The American people who know that Barack Hussein Obama II is a fake president demand that Obama be removed from the White House, arrested and charged in Federal Court for being a foreign born terrorist against America.

    • Unfortunately I don’t think the majority of Americans will wakeup until we lose the Republic…and then it will be to late.

    • James, Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a Muslim, because he support those create films against the Muslim prophet. Nor more proofs are necessary.

      Barack Obama is just a Zionist puppet. If you remove him, another puppet will take charge in Washington DC. Whoever you elected, your Billions of Taxpayer money will be spent for the Zionist regime.

      But there are Thousands of people (innocent Christians and Jews) in the US started understanding the dangerous of Zionist Israel. They already started campaigns all over the united states.

    • This is nuts. Obama’s statement (if not his actions) evince strong support for Israel. Read it again! To simply find that he and Ahmadinejad used the same word and conclude that this must mean that Obama is anti-Israel is nuts beyond belief. Do you really believe that anyone but a few crazies believe this sort of argument?

  • David Efune is an artist of propaganda. The careful construction of his article eliciting this sentence–
    ” President Obama likens Israel’s expressions of concern over a nuclear Iran to noise he tries to ignore” – is just a lie. If English means anything, then that is not what Obama was saying directly or implictly.

    AT MOST OBAMA WAS referring to statements of Netanyahu that the Israeli press called the most obnoxious attack on a U.S. Administration in the history of the state of Israel.

    Claiming that Obama has an obligation to give a red line on this subject matter further than Obama has already given 100 times and Efune;s claim that this is Obama likening Israel’s expressions of concern over a nuclear Iran to noise’ is an absurd understanding of Obama;s comment.

    it goes without saying that Efune’s connection of Obama’s use of the word “noise” to Amidinajads use of the word noise is fraud on the part of Efune: If Efune was a legitimate journalist Efune would know that Obama has repeatedly referred to Republican talking points and propaganda as “noise”

    Why Efune feels he needs to lie to Jews in his media site is beyond my ability to know but one thing we should never allow someone to do to us is lie to us without pushing back.

    Similarly, Efune published Anne Bayefsky’s fictional article on Obama stabbing Israel in the back by colluding with the Israel basher to bash Israel at a particular time and not another time…was another example of Anne Bayefsky lying; yet, Efune didnt pull the article and Efune didnt attach an editor’s note updating the article informing the readers that Anne Bayefsky lied throughout the article about events that never took place.

    • Leonard Moscowitz is the real artist of propaganda for the left wing!

    • Mr Moscowitz,

      You make me sick!

      “Friends” who call their friends’ concerns “Noise”, are no friends!

      If your defense is that Obama also calls what republicans have to say as “Noise”, that further proves the writer’s and my point!

      If you’re also quoting from various left-wing Israeli press, whom most objective people would agree that they dislike Netanyahu, then you’ve further shown your true colors.

  • They’re both right – when a bomb goes off, it makes a helluva lot of noise.

  • “I hear dead people”.

    The Seventh Sense. Too bad we already know the ending of this movie.

  • At some point soon, the voters will have to decide which side Obama is on. To my mind, it’s becoming less and less ambiguous.

    “I say we pull out and nuke ’em from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” – FO Ripley

  • Is Ahmadinejad getting Obama’s talking points? or is Obama getting Ahmadinejad’s?

  • “Never again” is looking less categorical.

    • Yup, it’s funny that a slogan only goes so far. And this one seems to have lost its punch (at least) a decade ago. Maybe after the next war, the new one will be “never again again” or maybe it’ll be “never again” again.

  • In any case Obama is being deceptive as usual, with the oldest trick in the book. I think Ahmedinejad and the Leader
    are wise enough to see his hypocrisy. Obama will attack Iran in concert with Israel, in good time. If he loses in November, Romney will do the deed. That’s the plan–and everyone should know it by now.

  • “Great minds think alike.”

  • The Arabic and Jewish people are descendents of Shem, Noah’s son. This makes both Semites. Ahmadinejad is anti-Jew and anti-Israel, but certainly not anti-Semitic. A journalist worth his/her salt should know better.

    • Iranians (Persians) are not Arabs. They differ ethnically
      and racially, but share the Muslim religion. In fact many
      Arab nations per se oppose Iran politically today, but all are united by virtue of their Muslim faith.

    • Are Iranians Arabs? Don’t think so.

      IIRC most (all) Iranians are Persian (Aryan).

      They are Muslim, but not all Muslims are Arabs.

    • to Axel Nordin: Iranians are not Arabic people; they are Persian of Indo-European lineage and are not Semites…

    • And the Iranians are Persians, not Arabs, so you’re a bit off the mark with your observation, although I agree completely that the term has been misused in recent years.

    • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Persian, not Arabic. Any internet commenter worth his salt should know better.

    • The phrase “Anti-Semitism” was coined by Wilhelm Marr, a German Jew-hater, in 1879 to describe hatred of Jews. He thought that the word “Judenhass”, meaning Jew hatred in German, sounded old-fashioned. He wanted a new, modern, up-to-date, scientific sounding word to use, to fit the modern times of the 19th century and the new, racially-oriented Jew hatred he favored (as opposed to the old religiously-based Jew hatred that he considered fuddy-duddy stuff). So Anti-Semitism has nothing to do with “Semites” in general and nothing to do with Arabs; it has always referred exclusively to hatred of Jews.

      This means that Arabs can be Anti-Semites because of their hatred for Jews. In any case, Persians are speakers of an Indo-European language, and not a Semitic one. And he is an Anti-Semite in the real meaning of the phrase; hatred of Jews. Threatening to extirminate another five million Jews certainly counts as advocating genocide of Jews, and thus Anti-Semitism.

      • It’s trivial to make a big deal about the “noise” terminology. Obviously Obama is not warm and fuzzy about Israel, but to suggest that he’s working out talking points with Ahmadinejad is not only silly — it distracts from and discredits critical analysis of Obama’s policy position.

        Requiring American leaders to actually echo Israeli leaders terminology, world-view and perspective is a facile conception of what American support of Israel should (and historically does) look like. Suggesting that the commonality of a single cliche is proof of an anti-Israel conspiracy doesn’t advance the cause or the credibility of those of us who argue that supporting Israel is in the bona fide interests of the United States, not merely the political interests of its leaders.

        • The rule should be: no better friend. no worse enemy. Obama has flipped that maxim on its head. He is a crass and opportunistic “friend” to obvious allies like Israel, and he is a bizarre facilitator of our enemies … hello Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and a nuclear arsenal in Iran.

        • “It’s trivial to make a big deal about the ‘noise’ terminology.”

          No it isn’t.

        • Ron, easy to agree with your points. Too much is made of ‘name calling’, etc. in the interests of ones’ political leaning. Failing to remain on-point with the policy failures of the current administration (and Congress)reveals much in someones’ mindset. We do need to be diligent in how our govt. leaders parse their words (and call them on it everytime when necessary). However, running in the gutter with others just gets the stuff all over you too.

      • Michael,

        Interesting fact I was unaware of until you pointed it out. Thanks.

        I think Nordin misses the larger point.

        Like the Emmanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984, the Israeli Jew is simply a scapegoat for the internal failings of Iranian and other totalitarian regimes in the area. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that stupid and corrupt rulers seek to deflect criticism by pointing fingers and blaming others. Obama and AJad are practicing an age old art of inadequate leadership.

    • Axel, Unfortunately you are absolutely WRONG on this:

      > Ahmadinejad is anti-Jew

      Hi is NOT an anti-Jew, but an ANTI-ZIONIST.

      All Jews are NOT ZIONISTS.

      Go to Google and search ‘zionists vs jews’ to find more.

      Ishaq.

  • Neither Obama or Ahmadinejad can be trusted. Ahmadinejad fixed his election in Iran and Obama is in the process of fixing his, Chicago Style along with the that lies and the media that covers for him.

    Hopefully enough people will see 2016 and see the truth.

  • Muslim leaders think alike.

  • Neither Obama or Ahmadinejad can be trusted. Ahmadinejad fixed his election in Iran and Obama is in the process of fixing his, Chicago Style along with the that lies and covers for him.

    Hopefully enough people will see 2016 and see the truth.

  • How is this not insulting to Israel? Noise? Obama is so smarmy.

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