PM takes to airwaves to explain red lines to US public

Netanyahu uses sports metaphors, historical moments to explain position in interviews to US media.

September 19, 2012 01:35
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PM Netanyahu on "Meet the Press"

Netanyahu Meet the Press NBC (370). (photo credit: Screenshot)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took his push for red lines on Iran to the US public on Sunday, interviewing on two morning political talks shows and using US reference points like the Cuban Missile Crisis and football’s “red zone” to explain his position.

Netanyahu, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, said it was important to communicate to Iran that there is a line that it cannot cross, and added that president John F. Kennedy set a similar red line in the 1962 Cuba Missile Crisis that did not bring about war, as some had warned, but “actually pushed war back and probably purchased decades of peace with the Soviet Union.”