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Friends and Foes Dismiss Israeli Concerns

Both President Obama and Iranian election thief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were asked about the Iranian nuclear situation in separate interviews yesterday. And, as Algemeiner’s Dovid Efune points out, both compared Israel’s concern over the nuclear program to “noise.” First, here is Obama’s comment during an interview that aired on 60 Minutes last night:

 “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.”

And here’s Ahmadinejad, in an interview with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius:

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.”

Notice that Obama also appears to have “downgraded” Israel’s ally status with the U.S. in his interview, as the Washington Free Beacon reports. Israel, said Obama, is “one of our closest allies in the Middle East.” Just one of them? Israel’s status as our closest ally in the region was, up until now, a given. Was this an off-handed error, or is Obama trying to suggest that some recent events in the region put that status into question?


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