March 25th 2013 in Briefings International Relations

With US President Barack Obama’s first official visit to Israel having taken place this week, the topic of Iran was high on the agenda for officials from both countries. President Obama made clear that the US stands with Israel in the face of the Iranian threat, and Israeli President Shimon Peres declared that he believes any military operation conducted against Iran would be led by the United States. On the same token, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on March 21 threatened to destroy the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched military operations against the country. (March 20, 2013 – ABC News; March 21, 2013 – Reuters)