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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.

Watch the video starting at minute 8:56



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)

    Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 2)

    Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 3)

  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!!!!

  31. the guy is a dangerous lunatic. there really isn't anything else about him to analyze.

  32. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Dennis R. Laffer LET ME TELL YOU THAT HIS AGENDA IS "NOT" THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAS AGENDA! PERIOD!!

  33. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Edward Lobel LOOK anything NOW is possible for America, BUT "NOT" BY THE PEOPLE!
    AMERICA HAS 2 entirely different ENTITIES, the corrupt government and then we have THE GOOD PEOPLE, VOICELESS at the moment! PERIOD!!

  34. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Let me say this with all respect, "ANYONE CAN CALL THEMSELVES A JEW OR A CHRISTIAN, BUT, ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH"!

  35. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel Ah, you are such a typical left winger liberal.
    1. You avoid the important issues of Libya, the IRS, Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. Forgot to mention the Fast and Furious coverup.
    2. You ignore the threat that a militant, let alone a nuclear armed Iran, poses to the Middle East and the world.
    3. You ignore the Iranian use of proxies around the world that have result in thousands of deaths.
    4. You ignore the multiple "red lines" that Obama had and continues to have drawn in the sand but never acts upon. Such indecision diminishes the appearance of American resolve.
    5. You ignore the secret negotiations between the US and Kerry that excluded the neighboring Sunni allies, Israel and Europe and the formulation of a deal that still allows enrichment. What did the world gain from such a deal. It seems to me to be another example of short sighted appeasement.
    5. I love how those on the left conflate "hatred" of Obama with criticism of his policies. Surprised you have not yet labeled me a racist.
    6. You ignore his violation of the Constitution by arbitrarily rewriting laws that were passed by Congress and signed by the President. Only Congress has the power to amend laws. Constitutional law 101.
    6. You ignore the fact that Iran, like the Palestine Authority, and Syria, and Hamas, and Hezbollah violate the UN Convention on the Prevention of Genocide which states that any individual or nation that promotes genocide is guilty of the crime of genocide and subject to prosecution. That fact that iran et al has not just indicates the worthlessness of the UN.
    7. If you bothered to carefully read what I wrote I never mentioned the Holocaust or Holocaust denial, which should always be condemned.
    8. No where did i use the word impeach but if the shoe fits…
    9. For your general knowledge, it is the House that has to file Articles of Impeachment and it is the Senate that conducts the trial.
    10. So continue to live in your little circumscribed world and ignore the nuclear arms race that is looming on the horizon in the Mid East and sleep well at night alongside your framed picture of the President who will be there to protect you from harm.

  36. Joseph Sanchez says:

    What makes a GOOD JEW or a GOOD CHRISTIAN?
    THE FEAR AND LOVE OF OUR GOD!
    WE MUST BOTH BE CONSTANTLY REMENDED THAT WE "BOTH" ARE TO BE EXAMPLES TO THE WORLD"!!!

  37. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel If you are denying that Obama, Clinton, the UN Rep. did not claim that the attack in Libya was not the result of an internet tape then you, are, in my diagnosis, delusional. The events were being watched in real time. Your ideology and worship of the Great Leader has blinded to the realities of our time. Such a shame.

  38. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Alan Kardon Videotaped at least 29 times.

  39. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Joseph Sanchez I did mean to imply that his agenda is that of the average American citizen. His agenda appears to be his own and is fellow ideological travelers. Wonder if there is a secret puppet master behind the proverbial curtain.

  40. Joseph Sanchez says:

    The reason I say this is because PRESIDENT OBAMA is "NIETHER"!

  41. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel By the way. Nothing I can do or say can make Obama look bad. When over sixty percent of the public believe he is a liar and cannot be trusted then I don't need to say a thing.

  42. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Dennis R. Laffer Rightly so OBAMA is bad! The Affordable Care Act, what a joke!! If you are sick you are REJECTED! So what kind of joke health care act is that? If you are poor you need not apply! AMERICA is DIVIDED by the GOVERNMENT LOVERS (FOOLS) and then we have THE GOOD HARD WORKING PEOPLE THAT OBAMA IS DESTROYING!

  43. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Dennis R. Laffer IF AMERICA IS THERE or ANYWHERE, YOU CAN COUNT ON IT BEING "DIRTY"!

  44. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Joseph Sanchez I believe that the ACA is just a step in the direction of forcing a one-payer system imposed by and managed by the government. There is rationing of care already underway in the US (insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid, state plans, etc) but it will be much worse when federal bureaucrats, who are not physicians, will be making the decisions. Quality is certain to decline. As for America being "dirty" I think that is a bit extreme. America is made up of multiple groups with different cultures, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and what not. Our image is, to a large extent, the manifestation of our leadership. If this is flawed, corrupt and ineffectual then it can only make our collective image appear negative. Maybe it is time for term limits that can be applied to both parties.

  45. Edward Lobel Obama is certainly not a christian, christians dont condone abortions and same sex marriages. He used that in order to gain votes from the liberals.but he is a muslim at heart

  46. Edward Lobel he lies that he loves the children of America by wiping away a tear about sandy Hook school, while he condemns thousands to abortions. such hyporcrisy

  47. Rick Fortner says:

    Just remember that the American government under Obama does not represent the American people

  48. Edward Lobel says:

    Joseph Sanchez I might agree with you, but what does this have to do with anything I have said

  49. Edward Lobel says:

    Dennis R. Laffer So, what does that mean? You believed that the repubs would win the last election

  50. Edward Lobel says:

    Dennis R. Laffer If you really must know, you are not smart enough to know who it is! You are an ignorant bigoted fool who simply cannot admit that Barak Obama is the President!

  51. Edward Lobel says:

    Alan Kardon My middle name is George but that doesn't make me English? If you think that President Obama is a muslim, you really an ignorant idiot! You are closer to being a Catholic than he is to being a muslim. BTW I am Jewish!

  52. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel It means that Obama promoted the accession to power of the Muslim Brotherhood, an anti-Western, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic group that calls for the destruction of Israel, was allied with the Nazis during the war, anti-women's and gay rights and which gave birth to Hamas and Hezbollah. He has called for the current Egyptian government to share power with the MB. How that relates to the last election is beyond my comprehension. Also, I have not indicated anywhere to which party i belong or how I voted. So keep making things up as you go.

  53. Edward Lobel says:

    Do you practice being stupid or were you born that way!
    He won his first election handily and his second election by a landslide both by actual number of votes and by having 50% more electorial votes! You hate the president and that is the only reason you said what you did!

  54. Edward Lobel says:

    Joseph Sanchez you are not correct about only got knows the truth. There is one key factor in determining if you are a Jew and that is if your mother is a Jew. My ancestry dates back to Moses brother Aaron and on both sides of my family my grandmothers and great grandmother were Jewish. On both sides of my family the menare Cohanim, I'm pretty sure I am a Jew!

  55. Edward Lobel says:

    Joseph Sanchez Again you are wrong! President Obama is a Christian. If you believe otherwise than you are an ignorant fool.

  56. Edward Lobel says:

    you are a serious idiot and do not have a clue as to what you are saying!

  57. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    Edward Lobel Oh what can I say? So who is his the puppet master? You seem to have the answer. I was waiting for you to call me a racist even though I never said anything derogatory about race. Seems when you and most far left liberals run out of arguments and can not engage in any intelligent discourse (I know this is a big word for you) you have to bring out the race card and label everyone who disagrees with Obama and his policies as a hate filled bigot. Neither did I say anywhere that Obama was not the president. Again another example of your confabulating (I know another big word)I really think that you could benefit from some counseling Paranoia can be troublesome.

  58. Edward Lobel says:

    Steve Klein by trying to say President Obama is a muslim just shows how ignorant you are. You are closer to being a catholic than he is to being a muslim!

  59. Edward Lobel says:

    Joseph Sanchez OH REALLY, He won the last election in a landslide! If that doesn't represent what the people want then you are not to be believed about anything.

  60. Edward Lobel says:

    Esteban Sperber Frankel, I have spent a lot of time in Ecuador and never realized that they had idiots there! For a Jewish person you are anything but smart!

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