The next 48 hours will be critical for Israel, U.S. coordination on Iran • Presidents Peres and Obama set to address members of AIPAC • On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask Obama to present an ultimatum to Iran, and quickly.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama are scheduled to meet on Monday in Washington to discuss the Iranian issue and decide what the next steps should be in response to Iran’s push toward uranium enrichment and potential acquisition of nuclear weapons. Israeli officials reiterated on Friday that Iran was biding its time while it continued to develop nuclear weapons. U.S. government officials, on the other hand, have been sending Israel a message to forget about 2012, and focus on next year as far as plans for more forceful measures against Iran.
It is believed that in his meeting with Obama on Monday morning, Netanyahu will say that the U.S. must present an ultimatum to Iran immediately and tell the Iranian government that if it does not comply with the conditions of the ultimatum, the only remaining option will be a military strike.