Remember that unhappy picture of his meeting with Kerry that Netanyahu tweeted a month ago? Well things got a lot better today.
You’d be smiling too if Benjamin Netanyahu was that close to the red telephone. Isn’t that the essence of the Obama foreign policy? Why we’ll say anything to please him?
Netanyahu is happy because he was right back on the Iran threat rhetoric:
First and foremost, we discussed the danger to the world posed by Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability
And because Kerry repeatedly echoed concerns about Israel’s security. The secretary of state said hardly a word about a Palestinian state, but repeated Obama’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state:
And I join with President Obama in expressing to the people of Israel our deep, deep commitment to the security of Israel and to the need to find a peace that recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, recognizes Israel as a country that can defend itself, by itself, and that is an important principle with which the Prime Minister and the President and I are in agreement.
Much of our discussion in the very beginning obviously focused on where we are with respect to Iran. I can’t emphasize enough that Israel’s security in this negotiation is at the top of our agenda and the United States will do everything in our power to make certain that Iran’s nuclear program, a program of weaponization possibilities, is terminated…
Security was foremost in Kerry’s treatment of the Palestinian talks:
Once again, Israel’s security is fundamental to these negotiations..
Kerry repeatedly described the negotiations as complicated, and brushed off disagreements:
while occasionally we might have a difference of a tactical measure, we do not have a difference about the fundamental strategy that we both seek with respect with the security of Israel and the long-term peace of this region.