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March 7, 2012 12:11 pm

Obama’s New Iran Comments Contrast with His Own AIPAC Speech and Netanyahu’s Remarks

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President Obama and AIPAC Chairman Lee Rosenberg. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

President Barack Obama followed up on his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) with new comments about Iran on Tuesday, presenting a sharp contrast to both his own speech as well as that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu told AIPAC delegates Monday that the world “can’t wait much longer” for Iran to end its endeavor to produce nuclear weapons, and also stressed the following: “For the past decade the international community has tried diplomacy; it hasn’t worked. For six years, the international community has tried sanctions, that hasn’t worked either.”

Obama, however, said at a White House press conference Tuesday that, “Iran is feeling the bite of these sanctions in a substantial way.” The president also conveyed that there is more time to deal with the Iranian than Netanyahu suggested, describing a “window of opportunity where this can still be resolved diplomatically.”

On Sunday, Obama said that, “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” Asked at Tuesday’s press conference to clarify that comment, Obama said it was “not a military doctrine that we were laying out for any particular military action.” In his AIPAC speech, Obama had spoken about keeping the military option on the table for Iran.”

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