Shimon Peres is confident President Barack Obama would approve a military strike to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions if it came to that, the Israeli president said in an interview published Wednesday.
“They (the United States) don’t begin by shooting. They try all the other means first - economic sanctions, political pressure, negotiations, everything possible,” Peres told The New York Times. “”But in the end, if none of this works, then President Obama will use military power against Iran. I am sure of it.”
The 89-year-old president also downplayed the reported rifts between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The problem is not between individuals, but between those individuals’ policies,” he said. “It’s not whether they can have coffee together or not. Neither one is going to kick the other.”
But he said Obama must be persuaded to believe that Israel wants to see peace in the region.
“The problem is that Obama would like to reach peace in the Middle East and has to be convinced that Israel agrees with this,” Peres said. “Of course, he’s not convinced.”