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Obama praised for Iran-heavy AIPAC speech

Gallup poll shows strong US support for Israel

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5 Mar 2012 (All day)
Obama praised for Iran-heavy AIPAC speech

US President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at Sunday’s session of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, garnering applause for several statements, but getting the most support for his statements regarding Iran’s renegade nuclear program. “I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he declared to a standing ovation. “I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests. Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs.” At the same time, he warned against “loose talk of war” with Iran and insisted that there is still time for a diplomatic solution.

For the full text of President Obama’s remarks at AIPAC 2012, click HERE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres had warm praise for the speech, with Peres telling reporters; “I can’t remember a pro- Israel speech like we heard today. He answered all the questions Israel is asking.” Netanyahu told reporters, “I appreciated the fact that he said Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. I appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and that all options are on the table. I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear-armed Iran, containment is simply not an option.”

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Monday afternoon at the White House, before giving the keynote address on the AIPAC conferences closing night Monday evening.

A Gallup poll released over the weekend ahead of Monday’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama shows that a solid majority (71%) of Americans retain a favorable opinion of Israel and are more sympathetic to the Jewish State than the Palestinians.  “The United States has long been an ally of Israel, and Americans continue to show decidedly positive views toward that nation,” the pollsters concluded. “As nations throughout the Middle East undergo tumultuous change, perhaps making the region more politically unstable, Americans still appear to see Israel as important, with large majorities viewing it favorably and many more giving their sympathies to the Israelis than to the Palestinians.”

 

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