Obama: World must not let Iran corner Israel
|Thursday, August 28,2008 14:50|
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AFP) — White House hopeful Barack Obama said Monday sanctions and diplomacy must be made to bite against Iran so that Israel does not feel its "back is against the wall" and stages an attack.
A nuclear-armed Iran would be a "game-changer for the region," allowing the Islamic republic to meddle through extremist proxies, intervene in Iraq and threaten oil supplies, the Democrat told about 250 voters at a meeting here.
Obama underlined that
"So my job as president would be to try to make sure we are tightening the screws on
"And we"ve got to do that before
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday that
"Our position is that no option is to be taken off the table, but in the meantime we have to make diplomatic progress," Barak told army radio.
Obama observed in
Israeli leaders felt there were "no good military options" but that it was also "unacceptable" to permit
Obama added: "The problem was that for most of the Bush administration, instead of trying to engage directly with
But ironically, he said, the invasion of
Obama said his Republican opponent John McCain, who has lambasted the Democrat"s commitment to direct diplomacy with US foes, would extend Bush foreign policies and leave the
"I"m happy to have a debate with John McCain on foreign policy and when I"m president of the United States, I"m going to end the war in Iraq responsibly" and divert US resources to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama said.