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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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