Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with President George W. Bush Wednesday for an hour with the major topic of conversation being Iran. At the end of the meeting the two leaders made a joint statement that seems to have left no doubt that both the US and Israel has something other than discussions with, or sanctions against, Iran but which neither seemed eager to discuss. All Olmert was prepared to say was: "Naturally the Iranian issue was central to our talks, and our shared point of departure is the need to deal with Iran before it manages to acquire non-conventional capabilities," Olmert went on to say: "Every day that goes by we are making significant steps in dealing with this problem [Iran]. We, with the world under American leadership, are dealing with it in an effort to reach the goal which is to prevent Iran from acquiring [nuclear] arms."
But most significant of all was this remark: "I do not think it is appropriate for Iran to know what we are doing," a veiled but nonetheless transparent threat if ever there was one.
In a pre-discussion briefing, Bush took Israel’s stance on the Iranian ‘existential threat to Israel’ rhetoric a stage further by saying that ‘Iran was an existential threat to peace’. Certainly, the mood of this week, what with the AIPAC conference, Obama increasingly looking like being the President, time running out for Bush, Olmert looking like he won’t be Prime Minister for much longer, Cheney also meeting with Olmert, and Netanyahu waiting in the wings for an election in Israel, the signs do not look good for Iran.