*A woman at President Obama’s campaign fundraiser in New York City on Thursday interrupted the events to shout her opinion about America’s role in the mounting tension between Iran and Israel.
“Use your leadership – no war on Iran!” she said, according to ABC News’ Jake Tapper and several other reporters.
Obama responded, “Nobody’s announced a war, young lady, but we appreciate your sentiment. You’re jumping the gun a little bit there.”
Meanwhile, President Obama says he means it when he insists it’s unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. “I don’t bluff,” Obama said in an interview published Friday.
In his most expansive remarks on the issue, Obama told The Atlantic magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that “a military component” is one of a mix of many options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy.
Obama plans to meet Monday at the White House with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and will try to convince Netanyahu to postpone any plans his government may have to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in coming months.