Israeli President Shimon Peres says he has “full faith” in President Barack Obama’s recent decision to seek Congressional approval for a strike on Syria’s chemical weapons program.
“I recommend patience. I am confident that the United States will respond appropriately to Syria,” Peres said in an hour-long interview on Israeli Army Radio.
“Weighing how to proceed is not the same as stuttering,” Peres added.
Peres’s comments come amid criticism of Obama’s cautious approach from some other Israeli leaders. Some in Israel see Obama’s strategy as a sign of waning U.S. influence in the Middle East, and a sign that Israel is increasingly left on its own to defend itself against myriad regional threats.
“In Tehran, they’re opening the champagne, and switching into a higher gear en route to nuclear weapons,” HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) Housing Minister Uri Ariel said in a Facebook post on Sunday, according to the Times of Israel.