Officials: Obama coming to Israel to prevent attack on Iran

February 10, 2013 14:31

The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring, is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday.

According to the officials, the reason for the urgency of the trip, is that in his speech to the United Nations in September, Netanyahu flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear program.

Therefore, they said, Obama is concerned that the prime minister will decide to attack Iran now when he is backed by a new government and can establish a new security cabinet, without Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two alleged opponents of a strike. The outgoing Likud MKs lost their Knesset seats in the recent elections.

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