Obama: U.S., Israel Working in 'Lockstep' on Iran

President Obama said Israel and the United States will work in “lockstep” to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

In a pre-Super Bowl interview on NBC on Sunday, Obama discounted reports that Israel was getting ready to strike Iran.

“I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do,” he said.

Asked if Israel would give him advance warning of a strike, Obama said he would not go into details of conversations, but added that “we have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we ever have.

He continued: “And my number one priority continues to be the security of the United States, but also the security of Israel and we are going to make sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to solve this, hopefully diplomatically.”

Obama downplayed reports of an Iranian attack on U.S. soil, and said a military confrontation would be destabilizing.

“Obviously, any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us, it can have a big effect on oil prices,” he said. “We’ve still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran. And so our preferred solution here is diplomatic, we’re going to keep on pushing on that front.”

He repeated, however, that “we’re not going to take any option off the table.”

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Obama: U.S., Israel Working in 'Lockstep' on Iran

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close