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Obama Takes Aim at Israeli Positions on Iran (Full Video)

Demanding no enrichment, Obama said, was unrealistic.
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The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted its 10th annual Saban Forum, with remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted its 10th annual Saban Forum, with remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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President Obama sharply criticized as not viable a number of Israeli government postures on talks with Iran, but reasserted the military option should those talks fail.

In a wide-ranging talk with Haim Saban, the entertainment mogul who funds the annual Saban Forum in Washington, Obama took aim at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that increased pressure during the interim talks would extract greater concessions from Iran, and anticipated a final deal that would grant Iran some uranium enrichment capabilities.

Alluding to the view of Netanyahu and a number of lawmakers in Congress, Obama said, “what this comes up down to is the perception that if we kept churning up the pressure, new sanctions, more sanctions, more military threats etc, that eventually Iran would cave.”

Instead, Obama said, that would likely drive away allies who have helped keep up the pressure on Iran through U.S.-led sanctions.

Obama outlined U.S. red lines in a final agreement, including the dismantling of the plutonium reactor at Arak and the underground nuclear reactor at Fordow, as well as advanced centrifuges.

However, he made clear an enrichment program would remain in place that would ensure that “as a practical matter, they don’t have a breakout capacity.”

That, Obama acknowledged, contradicted Netanyahu’s objective that “we can’t accept any enrichment on Iranian soil, full stop.”

Israel’s government believes that Iran has been allowed to advance its nuclear capability to the point where even a modest enrichment capability positions it dangerously close to weapons breakout capacity.

Demanding no enrichment, Obama said, was unrealistic, likening it to his believing Congress would pass every one of his legislative initiatives.

The Iranians needed to come to a deal that would afford them some “dignity,” he said, and alluded to broad popular support for some enrichment capacity.

Obama said that he did not trust Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s newly elected president, but noted that he was elected on a platform of reaching out to the West.

Again alluding to a Netanyahu claim, he said that those who say Rouhani is not different from his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadeinjad, a Holocaust denier and anti-Israel maximalist, “understate the shift in politics” in Iran.

Obama twice said that he would reassert the military option should talks fail with Iran.

“I’ve made clear I can avail myself of including a military option, is one we can consider and prepare for,” he said.

He emphatically rejected hard lines in dealing with other countries. “Wherever we see the impulses of a people to move away from conflict and violence and toward a diplomatic resolution of conflict we should be ready to engage them,” he said. “We have to not constantly assume that it’s not possible for Iran like any country to change over time.”

Obama said he had a good, open relationship with Netanyahu. “There are occasionally significant tactical differences, but there is a constancy in trying to reach the same goal,” he said of the relationship.

Addressing renewed Israeli-Palestinian talk,s Obama said mediation is currently focused on addressing Israeli security needs, and appeared to back away from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s insistence that the sides achieve a final status agreement next year.

An agreement, he said, need not address “every detail” but is one that “gets us to a moment that gets us to move forward than move backward.”

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108 Responses to “Obama Takes Aim at Israeli Positions on Iran (Full Video)”

  1. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    Obama can not be trusted he has lied many times.

  2. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 1)
    http://youtu.be/7CUp7qdej8g
    Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 2)
    http://youtu.be/ioxdgmQNNuY
    Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 3)
    http://youtu.be/LcZuyP475dI

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    So what has been accomplished so far? NOTHING. Usual failed policy of Barack Hussein.

  4. Judy Shapiro says:

    SON-OF-ISLAM obama + chaim saban=NUCLEAR Iran+ the ghosts of Neville Chamberlain, Adolph Hitler, the Third Reich and NAZIS

  5. DUH!! the UN said NO ENRICHMENT!!!

  6. if he had really put a military option “ON THE TABLE” they NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE THIS!! WHen Geo W. Put it on the table they STOPPED!!! When O bama took over this happened!!

  7. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Once again an incredible example of presidential blindness. I really believe that the election of a new Iranian president reflected the will of the people and suddenly, the Ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guard have lost their control of policies. Obama did not demand an end to Iranian state sponsored anti-Semitism or calls for the destruction of Israel which is a clear violation and prosecutable act as defined by the UN Declaration on Genocide of 1948, of which Iran and the US are signatories. As for believing in any red line that Obama issues…well, he is probably color blind. Tell that to the dead and wounded of Syria. Simpler just to rename the president as President Chamberlain. He certainly is living up to his oath of office. What I don't understand is how if, the majority of Americans believe Obama is a liar and do not trust him, they are not demanding his impeachment and removal from office. His policies are dangerous for us and our allies and represent modern day appeasement.

  8. Edward Lobel says:

    You demonstrate just how much of an idiot you are by saying President Obama is a muslim. You are closer to being a Chatholic than President Obama is to being a muslim!

  9. What kind of Dignity goes with Nuclear destruction ? Dignity should start with Honesty like a simple Birth Certificate–with due respect– Thank You.

  10. Edward Lobel says:

    By alluding to President Obama being a Muslim you are indicating that you are an idiot and do not understand anything. As far as anyone can tell his strategy has been paying off.

  11. Edward Lobel says:

    A lie is deceitful. Can you explain when he was deliberately deceitful? Do not confuse that you may have a difference of opinion with President Obama to mean he is Lying! If you really want to know what Lying is, simply take a look at the republicans, they Lie about everything and I do mean everything.

  12. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel Policy paying off well in Syria, Libya and with ending Iranian support for their Hamas and Hezbollah and Syrian proxies. Ask the Saudi Arabians and other Sunnis how well Obama's and Kerry's strategies are paying off. Especially when a nuclear arms race is set off in the Mid East. Of course, with his Administration being the most open we all have a clear idea of what his plans and strategies are. Right?

  13. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel Lets see. Demonstrators attacking American diplomats in Libya was due to an internet tape. With the Affordable Care Act you can keep your doctor, maintain your chosen plan and your costs won't go up. Then there is the IRS targeting groups and individuals who don't agree with his policies; ignoring Federal law and the will of Congress by making arbitrary changes in the ACA and immigration laws; making recess appointments when Congress was still in session; lying about his connections with Bill Ayres (just ask him). You obviously are living in an imaginary world where the Great Leader can do no wrong.

  14. Video message to Obama on Iran deal, by Rabbi Rosenberg

  15. A lot of meaningless yada yada yada

  16. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg : "THE LIBERAL RABBIS ARE TRYING EVERYTHING TO SILENCE ME. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THIS IS SEEN EVERYWHERE. I WAS KICKED OFF THE CONSERVATIVE RABBIS LIST SERV. FOR ATTACKING OBAMA AND RABBIS FOR OBAMA WHO HELPED PUT HIM IN OFFFICE. THIS MUST GO VIRAL. RABBI ROSENBERG"

    Video message to Obama on Iran deal, by Rabbi Rosenberg:

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama- You Have Some Nerve. ISRAEL Will Not LISTEN To You :

    Trying to speak to Roosevelt behind closed doors didn't help the Jews of Europe, 6,000,000 Jews were slaughtered, murdered, burned, vanished!

    Speak Up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA#t=63

  17. Lloyd Bergner says:

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is an existential to our planet and in particular, non-muslims. Negotiations are doomed to failure when dealing with this modern-day Evil Empire…Wake up, Chairman Obama

  18. Jaycob Roll says:

    Obama…Israel is God’s chosen..Woe to you sir!

  19. Why would ANYONE believe a thing that Obama says publically?

  20. Alan Kardon says:

    Edward Lobel , you are correct. I am an idiot to even waste my time with you. Please explain what we have accomplished with the deal we have made with Iran? They have done nothing different since this was announced. By the way Obama's name is Barack Hussein.

  21. Elections in Iran?, democracy in Iran?, ayatollah Obama you are leaving behind the moon, you ayatollah Obama you should live in a madhouse unstead in the White House. Congress should increase the sanctions to Iran.

  22. Edward Lobel says:

    Dennis R. Laffer Only republican/tpart idiots want war is Syria and not real Americans! When President Obama let NATO include U.S. planes to be included in the attack on Lybia, the repubs/tp went ballistic calling President Obama a war hunger liar. Now when he doesn't want to use force in Syria the POS/tp are accusing him of being scared. Well which is it? a war monger or a coward? Do not confuse repub/tp politics with what is correct.

    I do not trust the Saudis with anything. They were responsible for almost all the people involved in 9/11 plus they are the ones setting up, all over the word muslim schools which teach nothing but hate and destruction of Israel. These same Saudis were ******* kissing buddies with both Bushes – so do not give me that nonsense about how well they like President Obama and Sec of State John Kerry.

  23. Edward Lobel says:

    I do believe that even if you were in the hospital delivery room in Hawaii when Barak Obama was born and saw the actual delivery, you would still not believe he was born in the United States. Let me ask you a simple question related to this subject: Do you believe that Raphael Eduardo Cruz is eligible to become President of the United States?

  24. Edward Lobel says:

    You continue to show your hatred and ignorance by wanting so badly to say that President Obama lied, that you confuse the truth with nonsense! Why do you think it is President Obama's fault that people are dying in Syria? You hate him because he did not demand that Iran announce that they will no longer be anti Israel or believe that the Holocaust was real? This is not his responsibility to rule over and if he did , then you would be complaining that he is overstepping his bounds and should be impeached.

    You show your ignorance by saying because he doesn't agree with you he should be impeached. If he had indeed violated any of the rules set down in the U.S. Constitution the POS would have impeached him a long time ago and stop using the b/s that the senate would not remove him from office.

  25. Edward Lobel says:

    Dennis R. Laffer Everyone one of your comments is not true! They are POS lies so that they make President Obama look bad.

    Re: Benghazi, he NEVER

  26. Steve Klein says:

    Barack Hussein Obama has "beautiful" theories; theories that have no basis or chance of success in the real world.

  27. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Maybe he has an agenda that the American people have yet to understand

  28. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Obama believed that "free" elections in Egypt would bring democracy; instead it brought the Muslim Brotherhood

  29. Alan Kardon says:

    Edward Lobel Did Barack Hussein Obama say " If you like your policy you can keep your policy". It was said more than once.

  30. Joseph Sanchez says:

    There is now much evidence being pointed at PRESIDENT OBAMA, That he was not BORN but CREATED for the end times AKA end of days!!!!

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