News / Middle East

Iran, Syria Major Topics on Obama's First Day in Israel

Iran, Syria Major Topics on Obama's First Day in Israeli
X
March 21, 2013 2:22 AM
On the first day of President Barack Obama's visit to Israel, Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria were major topics in talks with Israeli leaders, along with efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. VOA senior White House correspondent Dan Robinson reports from Jerusalem.

Iran, Syria Major Topics on Obama's First Day in Israel

On the first day of President Barack Obama's visit to Israel, Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria were major topics in talks with Israeli leaders, along with efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

What Israel and the United States see as the threat to Israel, the region and the world from Iran's nuclear program came up in the first round of talks, those between Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The issue carried over to President Obama's talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a news conference, Obama said a diplomatic solution on Iran is preferable but, he said, he respects Israel's right to act on its own.

"The United States will continue to consult closely with Israel on next steps and I will repeat, all options are on the table, and we will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting the world's worst weapons," Obama said.

Netanyahu was asked about Obama's assurances on Iran.

"We have different vulnerabilities obviously and different capabilities. We take that into account. But what we do maintain, and I think the president is the first to do so, is that that Israel has a right to independently defend against any threat including the Iranian threat," Netanyahu said.

Talks also covered the civil war in Syria.

Obama said the U.S. and international partners are investigating whether chemical weapons have been used in the conflict.

"The broader point is that once we establish the facts, I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game changer," Obama said.

Obama said he is skeptical of Assad government claims that rebels have used chemical weapons.
 
Obama's first day was not without lighter moments and informality.  The president called the prime minister by his nickname "Bibi".  Netanyahu called Obama by his first name.

Earlier, at the residence of Israeli President Peres, President Obama planted a tree similar to one at the White House.  Israeli children waved American and Israeli flags, and sang to Obama.

On Thursday, President Obama meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: kanaikaalirumporai
March 21, 2013 7:56 AM
The time has already run out!, and since allthese things like NPT and such are dishonest and biased, there may not be very much interest among world community to adhere to treaties like that, for any emerging state ot nation would see this as a unjustified constrain on them. Beides, the recent nuclear powers like India(which was to be included in another club with US suport) and Pakistan were not punished for developing the technology in secrecy, but were comended by acepting them into the exixting nuclear culb after a brief symbolic sanctions. Above all, Israel has not been forced into givingup the thing, but allowed to keep it in secret. So, the norm here is develop it in secrecy daring everything and when you are confident, tell the world about it and there would be brief messures, but will eventually be accepted. So, why would one hesitate?


by: Don King from: USA
March 21, 2013 2:37 AM
a major failure on the part of the US to see the Muslim Brotherhood for what it is - a deeply undemocratic movement concerned above all else with enhancing and perpetuating its own Islamic theocratic fascistic power - is that because of subversives inside the US - like Vali Nasr - a Muslim Brotherhood facilitator who happen to be the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C...!!! would you believe that??? the revolting reprobate Nasr is in our midst!!!


by: Mustafa from: Pakistan
March 21, 2013 2:05 AM
Why USA is considering IRAN is the biggest thread in this world and why ISRAEL is a peace loving country. History is full of records who is spreading terrorism in this world. Who were and are Main sponsors of Al Qaida and Taliban to destroy peace in this world. Who are the main SPONSORS in current conflict in Syria and Pakistan. USA department please tell the true story to this world. We can make fool in this world but in front of GOD on day of judgement no body can fool GOD.


by: Anonymous
March 21, 2013 1:01 AM
what the hell is it.,..,

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid