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Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Tunes Out Netanyahu’s ‘Noise’ (Video)

In his Sunday interview with CBS 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu's relentless pressure regarding the Iranian nuclear threat as "noise" that must be ignored in order for the president to be able to focus on American interests. He also referred to Israel as "one of our closest allies in the region." That's two snubs in one interview (Remember when we used to be THE closest ally?).
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President Obama was asked on 60 Minutes Sunday: “You‘re saying you don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign, to try to get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand…?”

The president responded: “When it comes to our national security decisions—any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that’s out there. Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we’re in close consultation with the Israelis—on these issues because it affects them deeply. They’re one of our closest allies in the region. And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence.”

Obama sounded belligerent later on, when he commented on Mitt Romney’s charge that his foreign policy is “a policy of paralysis,” blurting: “If Gov. Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so.”

Romney’s Press Secretary Andrea Saul commented:

“Tonight on 60 Minutes, President Obama called Israel’s legitimate concern about the impact of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons ‘noise’ and referred to Israel as merely ‘one of our closest allies in the region.’ This is just the latest evidence of his chronic disregard for the security of our closest ally in the Middle East… As president, Governor Romney will restore and protect the close alliance between our nation and the state of Israel.”

Romney worked hard to make “more elegant” his secretly taped remarks to an audience of wealthy donors in May, that 47 percent of the American people paid no income taxes, were dependent on government and would never vote for him.

He also distanced himself from his running mate’s reputation regarding the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Congressman Paul Ryan wanted to reduce payments to the Medicare program by about $700 billion.

“Yeah, he was going to use that money to reduce the budget deficit,” Romney said of Ryan’s proposal. “I’m putting it back into Medicare, and I’m the guy running for president, not him.”

Romney discussed his plan to reduce income tax rates by 20%, adding that the plan would also limit deductions and exemptions. Responding to criticism that his tax reductions would favor the rich, Romney said in his tax plan “there should be no tax reduction for high income people.”

He said he wants to give middle class families a tax reduction by cutting taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains. But he wouldn’t name the specific tax deductions and exemptions he would cut.

Skip to 10:59 for the ‘noise’ segment.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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15 Responses to “Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Tunes Out Netanyahu’s ‘Noise’ (Video)”

  1. Tim Olinda says:

    I want our country to stand closely with Israel. I do not like the way President Obama has been dealing with Israel, especially in a volatile Middle East arena. How about you?

  2. Obama goes on Letterman parties it up with Beyonce and Jay-Z at a campaign fund raiser featuring a $105,000 champagne tower in New York City as anti-American violence spreads around the world; and With U.S. embassies under siege by protesters in over 30 countries and Obama still has the audacity to say, “Romney is out of touch with the average American”. Oh please; Romney’s saying 47% of Americans are so dirt poor under Obama that they can’t afford to pay taxes anymore, why sugar coat it! And stop diverting from the fact that you are a terrible leader Mr Obama. http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/72342/obama-beyonce-and-jay-zee-trump-middle-east-economy-and-unemployed/

  3. David Page says:

    President Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and he is also an advocate/member of one world government. Most Americans do not have any clue of what's in store for them after the elections?

  4. David Page says:

    I like your post Tim. It would appear that Pres Obama is deciding to leave Israel out in the cold. But isn't that written in scripture. That so called allies will turn their backs on her? Book of Daniel I think?

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Obama's "noise" statement is plain egoism, and it may be egotism as well, but it reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on, some group dynamic I was witness to in my youth, where a group's members were "all shook up," because their core principles were being threatened in a way that unfortunately didn't not bode well for their continuation without major adjustments. In other words "running scared." When you look at the candidates eyes it looks like the game of chicken has just heated up a notch.

  6. Ltc Howard says:

    Ed Koch Reverses Position, Slams Obama’s “Weakness” on MuslimsFormer NYC Mayor, Democrat Ed Koch, on Rosh Hashannah: “No one understands what ‘we have Israel’s back’ means”. At Park East Synagogue’s Rosh Hashannah High Holiday service, September 17, 2012, Former Mayor Ed Koch during his annual “sermon” from the pulpit, in front of over a thousand worshippers, said “I’m distressed.” “President Obama is refusing to publicly make clear to Iran that ‘If you get the bomb, we will take you out.’” Mayor Koch previously had publicly boasted of his close ties to President Obama. Mayor Koch also said “Nobody understands what ‘We have your back’” means. We shouldn’t have Israel’s ‘back’ we should have Israel’s ‘front’.

    Famed jurist, author Professor Alan Dershowitz, states: “Obama needs to look straight into the television camera and say to the leaders of Iran, 'We will never allow you to develop a nuclear weapon".
    Professor Alan Dershowitz says U.S. President Barack Obama must tell the U.S." we will not allow it to obtain nuclear weapons."

    Former IDF Chief Halutz Is Hawkish on Iran..What is Halutz saying?
    On negotiations: “negotiations have failed”; on diplomacy: “enough Viennese coffee without results”; on sanctions: without the participation of China, Russia and India – all of which have been given exemptions by the US government – the sanctions will take too long to work; and on the issue of “red lines,” the problem isn’t that they are too bellicose, it is that they give the enemy an advantage you don’t want it to have. HALUTZ SAYS THAT ISRAEL MAY HAVE TO “GO IT ALONE.”.

  7. I watched, and listened, to the words spoken in BOTH video interviews, and I never heard President Obama say that he "tunes out Netanyahu's noise". I heard him refer to "background" noise. Your writer should have actually listened to the words that were spoken in that interview, before writing the headline of this article.

  8. Correction to my previous comment. He said that he would "block out any noise that is out there". I never heard HIM SAY "Netanyahu, when referring to the "NOISE".

  9. Anonymous says:

    Joseph Salowitz Thanks for writing this, I thought the same thing!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This place is as bad as INR and Fox with the misleading headlines!

  11. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Once Iran is able to produce nuclear weapons, there would be no stopping terrorists from detonating hand-held nuclear weapons in cities throughout the world. The concern that our Prime Minister has for Iran's nuclear capability is 'noise?' BHO is a total idiot. Whoever primed him for being the POTUS obviously did not anticipate a situation such as this and his strings have been cut from the puppet master.

  12. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Plus….he has referred to recent events in the Middle East as 'bumps in the road." idiot….

  13. If anybody can be accused of 'noise' its the US President. He's long on rhetoric & short on actually having workable policies on pretty much anything. Dave, your last sentence should be a statement – no question mark there! Unfortunately most of the democracies are in a similar state because of the economic pressures their citizens are under, but the States is leading the trend.

  14. Apathy in the West is also a result of our apparent need to be entertained rather than being informed!!!

  15. Tzipora Soussan says:

    obama get lost you wicked creep!

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