While in Israel today, presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Barack Obama met with Israeli Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Surprising some, they found much to agree on. Netanyahu noted that “he was impressed about Obama's understanding of the Iranian threat and said they both agreed that a nuclear Iran was unacceptable.” Further, the opposition leader “stressed that they also agreed what was important was the ends of preventing a nuclear Iran rather than the means and that when it comes to stopping Iran there were no politics.”
Obama stated during the meeting that, "I'll never compromise Israel's security. Terrorism is not theoretical, it's right here a block away from this hotel, and it must be fought with full force and strength."
Obama’s trip to Israel has been jam packed, and some other highlights from Obama’s time in Israel include:
- Visitng Yad Vashem
- Meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President Shimon Peres
- Visiting Sderot, where he met with Mayor Eli Moyal and surveyed the damage Hamas rockets had done. He was presented with a t-shirt saying “I heart Sderot” at the conclusion.
- Met with Palesitinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayaad in Ramallah.