Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu spoke today at the United Nations. Most of his speech concerned Iran, it's illegal nuclear program and the danger it poses not just to Israel but to the West.
"At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program," Netanyahu said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. "Red lines don't lead to war; red lines prevent war."
"Iran uses diplomatic negotiations to buy time to advance its program," he said. "The international community has tried sanctions, has passed some of strongest sanctions. Oil exports have been curbed, and the Iranian economy has been hit hard. But we must fact the truth that sanctions have not stopped Iran's nuclear drive."Citing data from the IAEA, Netanyahu said that Iran "doubled its centrifuges last year."
Physically drawing a red line across a diagram of the Iranian bomb, that he held up before the assembly, Netanyahu said that a red line must be placed on Iran's uranium enrichment program: "Then Iran will back down,"
To PM Netanyahu's thinking, red lines prevent war by giving a clear message to a potential aggressor. Needless to say, that clashes with the President Obama's appeasement mentality. The two men clearly have a very different priority about how urgent the prospect of a nuclear Iran is.
Speaking of priorities, as you probably know, PM Netanyahu requested a meeting with President Obama and was turned down in favor of campaigning, appearances on David Letterman and the View and of course, golf.However, President Obama graciously agreed to interrupt his busy schedule to take a call from the Israeli Prime Minister is Netanyahu feels like ringing him...but only after PM Netanyahu first talked to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
As I said, different priorities.
This comes only a day after Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again said that Israel should be 'eliminated'.