Leave it to the anti-Semitic maniacs in Tehran to bring President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together.
The relationship between the two men can most charitably be described as complex. But during Mr. Obama’s recent visit to Israel, the president and the prime minister were able to focus on an issue that binds them and the nations they lead—the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Mr. Obama strongly reiterated U.S. opposition to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, emphasizing that all options are on the table. He and the prime minister agreed that Iran was about a year away from having the ability to create a nuclear weapon.
Mr. Obama’s assurance of U.S. support for Israel’s security was made even as rockets fell on southern Israel, calling cards delivered by the terrorists who run Gaza and who would kill every last Jew if given the opportunity. The president addressed the dangers that Israel faces on a daily basis. As Air Force One flew into the country, the president said, “I saw again how Israel’s security can be measured in mere miles and minutes.”
Credit Mr. Obama for choosing to visit this dangerous corner of the world. His trip to Jordan was further evidence that he is willing to expend political capital in the elusive search for stability and peace in the Middle East. Jordan is uncomfortably close to the chaos and slaughter in Syria, and last year thousands of Jordanians marched to demand an end to the nation’s peace treaty with Israel.
The coming months may show that the Jordanian leg of Mr. Obama’s trip was just as important as his stop in Israel. In the meantime, the president said the right things about Israel’s security. Now, however, he must back them up with action.