Uzi Arad: Obama, Biden comments meant to 'distinguish' US from Israel

By AP, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 8, 2009 20:54

 
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Comments by US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden about a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities were directed at Iran and meant to "distinguish" the US from Israel, national security adviser Uzi Arad said Wednesday. Arad also told The Associated Press that US leaders are signaling Iran that the US is still interested in diplomatic engagement, the adviser, Uzi Arad, told The Associated Press. Arad said the back-and-forth was an American message toward Iran, rather than Israel, noting that Biden also said in the interview, "If the Iranians respond to the offer of engagement, we will engage." "My understanding of what Biden said is that the second part is the interesting part - not that Israel is sovereign to act, but that he said the United States acts differently. Essentially, he distinguished himself" from Israel, Arad said. "What was important for him was to transmit to the Iranians that we, the United States, are different."

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