Bibi’s Big Red Line and The Race to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program. Does Obama Even Care?

Bibi’s Big Red Line and The Race to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program. Does Obama Even Care?

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu believes that Iran is close to developing a nuclear device. He has even drawn a big red line and has cautioned Iran not to cross it. Will President Obama do the same, or is he content to sit back and allow Iran to join the nuclear club? Find out on this Front Page as Terry Jones of IBD and Rituparna Basu of the Ayn Rand Institute join Allen Barton.

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Iranian defense minister: Israel should set red lines for itself

Iranian defense minister: Israel should set red lines for itself

In response to Netanyahu’s UN address, leading Tehran minister Vahidi accuses Jerusalem of possessing ‘dozens of nuclear warheads’

Israel should draw a red line for itself, not for Tehran, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Saturday in a speech quoted by AFP.

Referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the General Assembly, Vahidi said Netanyahu should be informed that “if having the atomic bomb is passing the red line, the Zionist regime, that possesses dozens of nuclear warheads and weapons of mass destruction, has passed the red line years ago, and it has to be stopped.”

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Netanyahu’s Red Line

Netanyahu’s Red Line

At the start of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, he seemed less than fully focused, at times a little creaky in his delivery.
The content of his words was unobjectionable. It had not been the easiest week for the Israeli Jewish people. The UN had picked Wednesday—Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar—to schedule yet another address by Iran’s Holocaust-denying, genocide-inciting president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with only Israel itself, and the United States and Canada, seeing fit to have their delegates absent themselves from the harangue.

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President Obama talked to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. In fact, he made sure to tweet a picture of himself talking to Netanyahu via phone, even though he refused repeatedly to meet with Netanyahu in person this week.

The picture was cover, though, for Obama’s anti-Israel position during the call itself. He told Netanyahu that while he opposed Iran’s nuclear development, he wouldn’t draw any red lines for Iran.

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Harper: PM’s UN speech reverberating around world

Harper: PM’s UN speech reverberating around world

Netanyahu thanks Canadian PM Harper for severing ties with Iran; Obama expresses solidarity with Netanyahu via phone.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that his speech at the UN is now “reverberating” around the world, Netanyahu said Friday. Following their meeting, US President Barack Obama expressed solidarity on the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but stopped short of endorsing Netanyahu’s red line approach.

Harper said that Canada wanted to see a peaceful resolution to the Iranian crisis, “and we work closely with our allies to try and alert the world to the danger this presents and the necessity of dealing with it.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses the 67th UN General Assembly 2012


Netanyahu UN General Assembly 2012 Speech Transcript, Video: Israeli Prime Minister Compares Iran to al-Qaeda

PM slams Ahmadinejad’s speech, heads to UN to deliver his response

PM slams Ahmadinejad’s speech, heads to UN to deliver his response
Netanyahu condemns those who stayed in hall to hear Iranian president; rebuffed by Obama, Israeli leader will meet Clinton, Ban, Ashton on whirlwind trip

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York in the immediate aftermath of the Yom Kippur fast on Wednesday evening, to address the annual General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday and conduct meetings with several world leaders.

Shortly before flying out, Netanyahu bitterly castigated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the UN earlier Wednesday, and those who stayed in the room to hear it. “On the day that we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life,” the prime minister said in reference to Yom Kippur, “the authoritarian Iranian regime takes every opportunity to condemn us to death.”

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