Interesting blog post about the meeting today between US President Obama and Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and the gift given to the US president.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

The biblical story of Esther became part of the Oval Office dialogue today. (photo by Doug Mills, NYT)One critical issue not clear after the two-hour Oval Office meeting today between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: Has the Israeli leader already made the decision to hit Iran, or not? One headline says yes: Israel’s Channel 2: U.S. Officials Believe Netanyahu Has Already Decided to Strike Iran. Another headline says no: Israel’s Prime Minister told President Obama on Monday that he has not made a final decision on whether to hit Iran.

After the Oval Office meeting, Netanyahu met with Defense Secretary Panetta to discuss military and intelligence coordination.Reuters is reporting that “Obama appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to give sanctions time to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but the Israeli prime minister offered no sign of backing away from possible military action, saying his country must be the ‘master of its fate.'” It’s not clear yet how hard Mr. Obama pressed Israel not to hit…

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