Barack Obama told the world on Sunday that he believes Israel is yet to make up its mind as to whether or not to launch an attack on Iran, as the Middle East continues to exist on a knife’s-edge over the country’s nuclear program.
He said that the United States was committed to working with Israel in the hope of reaching a more diplomatic resolution to the crisis.
The President’s comments came as countless world-leaders look to dissuade Israel from taking military action against Iran, arguing that any such attack on the country’s nuclear facilities would only strengthen Tehran’s regime and lead to extensively escalated future conflict. Officials in Israel continue to speak of their fears that Iran is close to having the means with which to produce and launch a nuclear weapon – the window for military prevention of which is closing fast.
“I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do,” said Obama speaking with NBC.
He went on to tell the nation that the US government has at this stage not ruled out any of the possible options for dealing with Iran – an indirect reference to military action – though stated repeatedly that America will continue looking for a peaceful resolution of benefit to all sides involved in the crisis.
Iran has of course contested the accusations all along and claims that its nuclear program is entirely dedicated to civilian benefits, not bomb-making.
After an extensive period of global concern as to Iran’s true intention for its nuclear program, world leaders are shifting their focus to what appears to be a possible imminent strike on the country’s facilities by Israel. Should Israel go down the military path, the knock-on effect for the region and the world at large could be catastrophic.
Iran has repeatedly stated that the Jewish state should be wiped off the face of the Earth and the West remains adamant that the country is fast approaching nuclear-weapons capability. Last week, reports were issued by US government official stating that Israel could be planning an attack on Iran to commence as early as the spring.
In his interview, President Obama failed to indicate whether or not the US would be notified in advance of an Israeli attack on Iran.
“I will say that we have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we’ve ever had,” He told NBC. “We are going to be sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to solve this — hopefully diplomatically.”
“Any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us,” Obama said. “It could have a big effect on oil prices. We’ve still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran.”
The American government has taken primary charge of efforts to persuade Israel to rethink its intentions, though US officials admit that any arguments from the West will have little influence on the final outcome.