The Jerusalem Post (JPost.com) has published what more than a few American news organization have already concluded; Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu personally just don’t like each other. But what has more than a few supporters of the Jewish State concerned is the possibility the personal enmity between the two will make an already blood-soaked Middle East even bloodier.
As posted by columnist Arye Mekel of the JPost.com on April 6, 2015, not only do Obama and Netanyahu simply “don’t like each other,” Mekel also points out the obvious when penning “This is an understatement and it will not change.” Not alone, Mekel does state hopefully that “one would hope that the two serious and reasonable leaders would put national interests ahead of personal feelings and dislikes.” Yet as the right-of-center Brietbart.com’s Big Government news portal published on April 6, 2015, the American Chief Executive has already dismissed in the name of peace, pressuring the Islamic Republic of Iran to recognize the State of Israel.
Long a critic of Obama’s nuclear negotiations with the Tehran government, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly asked of the Obama Administration, in the name of peace, to add to the framework of the negotiations the provision that Iran acknowledge Israel’s basic right to exist. Even though Israel isn’t even offered a seat at the negotiation table with the P5+1 nations (the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) supposedly seeking to deny Iran the capacity from producing nuclear weapons, Netanyahu flatly stated, “Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period. In addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.”
However, the American Commander-in-Chief quickly dismissed Netanyahu’s attempt to make the P5+1 agreement more palatable not only to Israel’s citizenry, but also to further the cause of peace in the region. Obama has long held to the belief that he can deal in good faith with the government of the Iranian Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei. But as Obama said in an interview on National Public Radio regarding Iranian recognition of Israel, “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms. And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”
Echoing the long time Iranian attitude towards the Jewish State, the commander of the feared Basij Militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, recently stated that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable.” Also raising eyebrows were the comments of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei who responded to an anti-American mob screaming out the “Death to America” chant that’s become commonplace in the Middle Eastern nation. The Ayatollah fired-up the already frenzied crowd, “Of course, yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.”
The White House ostensibly gave the death threat little credence and in essence, gave the Islamic Republic a pass. As reported, “the White House considers the ‘Of course, death to America’ comments made by Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as merely statements ‘intended for a domestic political audience.'”