July 7th, 2009
09:21 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama: U.S. not giving Israel green light to attack Iran

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/07/obama.israel.iran/art.obama.putin.afp.gi.jpg caption="President Obama meets Tuesday with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin near Moscow."]
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - The United States is "absolutely not" giving Israel a green light to attack Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN Tuesday.

"We have said directly to the Israelis that it is important to try and resolve this in an international setting in a way that does not create major conflict in the Middle East," Obama said, referring to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden appeared to leave the door open on Sunday for Israel to attack Iran if it saw fit.

"Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," Biden said on ABC's "This Week."

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–CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.

Filed under: Iran • Israel • Middle East • President Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. does that mean...

    we have condoned the palestine attacks

    July 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Bob in Pa

    B.O. You can't rule the World, even if you want to.

    July 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. RealityKing

    Doofus Biden strikes again!!

    July 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. demwit

    What!?? But Joe said he was included in all of Obama's major policy!!!


    July 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Chris D.

    As usual, the President makes much sense.

    July 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Henry Miller

    Israel is a sovereign nation–propped up by billions of dollars every year of American handouts. Obama would be doing us and the world a favour by putting a halt to that idiotic waste of money.

    July 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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