“Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true,” Obama said.
Note that he says "has come" rather than "came"
Netanyahu is expected to make his case against the Iran nuclear deal with Iran. Iran is currently under sanctions.
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry made a vague warning against revealing sensitive details about ongoing negotiations — a statement many interpreted as a warning to Netanyahu.
“We are concerned by reports that suggest selected details of the ongoing negotiations will be discussed publicly in the coming days,” Kerry said. “I want to say clearly, doing so would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal. Israel’s security is absolutely at the forefront of all our minds but rightly so is the security of all the other countries in the region, so is our security in the United States.”
Note the word "suggest" rather than "state" or "report" or anything similar.
Note also that "want to say clearly" is a weak assertion, indicating what one wants to say, rather than making a strong statement which is clear.
Note the word "but" minimizes or refutes that which preceded it, via comparison. Post editorial board:
etanyahu speaks in Washington. Photo: AP
“Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn’t been given.”
So spoke Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
His words point to an unintended achievement of the Obama White House: By so loudly and publicly objecting to Netanyahu’s address today to Congress, the president’s team has ensured the Israeli prime minister’s message will get maximum attention and exposure.
We count that as a good thing. Because, for all the focus on partisan American politics and the personality clash between our president and Israel’s prime minister, Netanyahu’s substantive message has been largely overlooked.
The message is simple: Israel cannot afford any deal that would allow Iran to develop a nuke.
Worse still, we are asked to take it all on trust. The Iranians know what is in the deal. The Europeans know what is in it. Why do the American people have to rely on an Israeli prime minister to let them in on it?
Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend insisted he and the president “deserve the benefit of the doubt,” because “we’re not going to make a bad deal.”
But what has President Obama done to earn the benefit of the doubt? The man who only a year ago dismissed the Islamic State as a “JV team”?
Who told us Yemen is a counterterrorism “success story” a year before its chaos led to our abandoning our embassy there?
Or who lectured us about the evils of the Crusades just before ISIS released a gruesome video showing it had beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya?
Nor is it only Netanyahu who is worried. Though Bibi is one of the few world leaders willing to speak up, his fears about Iran and his worries about a bad Obama deal are shared by most Arab nations in the region.
In the end, it’s not about Obama. It’s not even about Jerusalem’s relationship with Washington, which will survive the current tensions. It’s about whether Israel itself can survive a bad American deal with Iran.