Haaretz reports: [Israeli] President Shimon Peres is expected to tell U.S. President Barack Obama early next month that he does not believe Israel should attack Iran in the near future.
Political and diplomatic officials who are familiar with Peres’ positions and are helping prepare for the Obama meeting said yesterday Peres has been apprised of all sensitive information involving Iran.
Peres Dempsey – Reuters – 2.2012
President Shimon Peres, right, meeting with the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, in Jerusalem in January..
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According to these officials, Peres is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on Iran, while Defense Minister Ehud Barak is perceived, at least by the Americans, as pushing for an attack.
Peres told officials that there is no point in what he called the “unceasing self-intimidation” being voiced by senior Israeli spokesmen. This is what he intends to tell Obama.
Peres has told officials that the recent threats by Israel are unnecessary warmongering and that Israel should leave the Iran issue to the superpowers, first and foremost the United States.
Peres leaves for the United States on Tuesday, and the following Sunday he is to meet with Obama in Washington on the sidelines of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.
Peres’ meeting with the U.S. president will take place a day before Netanyahu meets with Obama. Netanyahu will arrive in Washington after a visit to Canada.