With Bibi’s demands looming in UN speech next week, will he, Obama be on same page?
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President Barack Obama emphasized diplomacy at the United Nations Tuesday as a way to convince Iran to give up its quest for nuclear weapons. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to emphasize in his remarks next Tuesday the need for continued sanctions as the way to achieve that goal.
On the heels of Angela Merkel’s re-election to a third term, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has invited her to visit to receive a special award, the first time it has issued such an invitation to any German chancellor, according to the Jewish Chronicle.
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as president of Iran, would invite leaders of the Iranian Jewish community in the U.S. to meet with him when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the answer was a definitive “no.”
After all, he was a Holocaust denier whose stated goal was to wipe Israel off the map.
But in recent days, when the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, issued a similar invitation, there was considerable discussion among the leadership of the Iranian Jewish community here and in Los Angeles as to the appropriate response. Unlike his predecessor, Rouhani has been on a one-man public relations campaign, seeking to soften his country’s image in the hopes of easing tough economic sanctions and countering talk of military action against Iran.
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