On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heavily criticized the Obama administration for refusing to set "red lines" on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, saying that as a consequence the U.S. had "no moral right to place a red light before Israel" if it chooses to strike Iran militarily. Netanyahu was responding to a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier in the week that the U.S. was "not setting deadlines" for a possible military option against Iran. Heightened tensions between Obama and Netanyahu were also on display in another incident, with Israeli officials reporting that Obama had declined a request to meet with Netanyahu when he was in the U.S. to address the United Nations General Assembly later in September. Analysts said Netanyahu is using the presidential election, in which Obama has come under attack for his allegedly tepid support of Israel, to push the administration into a more aggressive stance against Iran.
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