Obama called Netanyahu this morning. The White House Press Secretary’s readout is cool. There is not a word offered to save Netanyahu from his embarrassing speech before the UN, and the White House uses the vague “do what we must” to stop Iran language that Obama used at the U.N. Nothing about red lines.
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today as part of their regular consultations, and to follow up on Secretary Clinton’s meeting with the Prime Minister. The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security. The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obama’s commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal. The two leaders took note of the close cooperation and coordination between the Governments of the United States and Israel regarding the threat posed by Iran – its nuclear program, proliferation, and support for terrorism – and agreed to continue their regular consultations on this issue going forward.
And Romney called him this afternoon!
A friend writes: “During a CNN segment just now on the ‘cool’ Bibi-Obama relationship, the anchor (Suzanne Malveaux) was magically tipped off about the following: ‘Breaking, I’ve actually just been told that Netanyahu and Romney are on the phone at this moment.’ Romney is really playing that Bibi card.” And vice versa.