A Poker Game?

Greetings Everyone,

It looks as the main differences between US President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu seems to be about timetables upon military action against Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Mr. Netanyahu, in Washington meeting with the US President and Jewish leaders, clearly stated that from Israel's point-of-view, time is running out on a diplomatic solution.

He focused Israel's concern down to Iran concealing its nuclear installations, claiming Israel won't be able to attack because it lacks the military means to carry out a successful attack.

Basically what Netanyahu did was not to agree to President Obama's request to allow more time for sanctions and diplomacy to work while at the same time saying that the decision to attack has not yet been made.

For his part it seemed President Obama believes that he succeeded in buying time.

One Israeli news source said that Obama and Bibi are playing poker against the Iranians, but also against each other.

Israel 'bangs the drum' that it is going to attack Iran. America won't sanction such a move nor will it promise one because it has worked hard on a diplomatic solution.

But Netanyahu also knows that if he attacks Iran, he probably will not be able to control the situation diplomatically - and potentially militarily.

Brian Bush Middle East Correspondent LeSEA Broadcasting

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