President Obama is fighting against his critics by reaffirming his support for Israel’s military efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the tentative nuclear deal between Iran and the United States, along with several other world powers, which would limit the nuclear capabilities of the Middle Eastern nation in exchange for reducing economic sanctions against it.
Obama said he understands Israel is vulnerable to military advances from Iran. “But what I would say to them is that not only am I absolutely committed to making sure they maintain their qualitative military edge, and that they can deter any potential future attacks, but what I'm willing to do is to make the kinds of commitments that would give everybody in the neighborhood, including Iran, a clarity that if Israel were to be attacked by any state, that we would stand by them," Obama told The New York Times.
Obama called the deal a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see whether or not we can at least take the nuclear issue off the table.”
Netanyahu and Republican Congress members have criticized the deal, claiming Iran isn’t trustworthy enough. Obama argued there's still good reason to make the deal.
"In fact, you could argue that if they are implacably opposed to us, all the more reason for us to want to have a deal in which we know what they're doing and that, for a long period of time, we can prevent them from having a nuclear weapon," Obama said.