Obama explicitly endorsed a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran, but did not promise Washington’s military assistance for such an attack.US President Barack Obama gives a fresh boost to the Western media war against Iran by repeating speculative statements about Iran’s nuclear energy program. Obama made the remarks at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Wednesday. The US president said that "all options are on the table" regarding Iran’s nuclear energy program and that Washington “will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining the world’s worst weapons.” However, he added that “there is time to resolve this issue diplomatically." Obama explicitly endorsed a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran, but did not promise Washington’s military assistance for such an attack.
“Each country has to make its own decisions when it comes to the awesome decision to engage in any kind of military action,” the US president stated.“I would not expect that the [Israeli] prime minister would make a decision… and defer that to any another country any more than the United States would defer our decisions about what was important for our national security,” Obama added. The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the unfounded accusation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic and to call for an attack on the country. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production. Obama, who is on his first trip to the occupied Palestinian territories as president, also stated that it is Washington’s “fundamental security interest to stand with” the Israeli regime. "The United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend," Obama said upon his arrival in Tel Aviv earlier in the day. MHB/AS