Brain Bush’s Blog

The Two Hour Meeting

  • By : Brian Bush
  • October 1, 2013
  • 2:47 pm

Hi Friends,

Let's talk today about the response here in Israel to the two hour meeting between US President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu held at the White House yesterday.

Israel's main daily had this to say: “About one thing there is no argument: The Iranian President's onslaught of smiles is achieving great results,”

There are two prominent possible responses to the rapid shift in relations with Iran and the West.

One is to remain tough and the other is to go along with “the game.”

So what if Israel joined in and welcomed the 'change' in Iran? The only thing lost is the face of deterrence.

If Israel complains, it will be seen as spoiling the reconciliation process.

But one way to expose fraud is to give it a chance.

Everyone knows Israel's Netanyahu – and now, instead of the unorthodox leader Iran had in Ahmed Ahmadinejad to whom it was easy to point a finger, Netanyahu has a disciplined leader in Hassan Rouhani whom the West is seemingly receptive too.

This makes Netanyahu's job more difficult.

When Bibi was at the White House before, he was accused of preaching to his host. This time he didn't, but struck a softer tone stating a willingness to let diplomacy examine the options.

Some interpreted Netanyahu's body language as being dragged into this against his will.

One thing is for sure according to the press here, Bibi is waiting for the Iranians' first mistake in order to say 'I told you so'.

Until then, it is clear that neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Netanyahu want to display discord between them.

The aim for both was to formulate a position that enables a compromise agreement on two main objectives: The sanctions upon Iran will not be weakened prematurely, and that the military option to strike Iran is still on the table.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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