Mar 5, 2012

White House Visit

David DolanBy David Dolan

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting today with President Barrack Obama at the White House. Officials in Jerusalem said the talks would focus on Iran's threatening nuclear program and the possibility of major military action in the region.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Many Middle East analysts say the Israeli leader will probably be strong armed by the Obama administration, which they say does not wish to see any Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear targets. Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Washington to discuss the crisis with Iran, and also the violence in Syria which some worry could spill over onto the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, captured by Israel from Syria in 1967. The White House has made it fairly clear that it opposes unilateral Israeli action. However the President has also said that a military option cannot be taken off the table. Israeli officials are concerned that most of Iran's nuclear facilities will be beyond attack after this summer when they are fully moved to hardened underground bunkers dug inside mountains southwest of Tehran. Therefore many expect action in the coming months.

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