Israel, Iran and Obama

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 What Does Israel Want?


Israel wants Iran to completely suspend its uranium enrichment program before the West resumes negotiations. Analysts say it also wants a clear commitment from Obama about when the U.S. would attack Iran over its nuclear enrichment program.


Although Israel has agreed to participate in diplomatic channels of dispute resolution, Netanyahu has said that it still reserves the right to be “the master of its fate” and preemptively protect itself from threats.


"My friends, Israel has waited, patiently waited, for the international community to resolve this issue. We've waited for diplomacy to work. We've waited for sanctions to work. None of us can afford to wait much longer," he said to applause. "As prime minister of Israel, I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation,” Netanyahu told the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Monday night.


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