Meanwhile Obama and Netanyahu presented a public resoluteness on Iran, even though a nuclear deal will have some major hurdles:
It was a disciplined show of unity by two leaders who have clashed in the past over how to deal with the nuclear threat from Iran, and may soon face further strains as the United States tests the diplomatic overture made by Mr. Rouhani last week at the United Nations.
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers, including the United States, are scheduled to meet on Oct. 15 in Geneva to discuss how to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Iran, analysts say, will have to put a much broader proposal on the table if it expects relief from sanctions that have devastated its economy.
Former Obama administration foreign policy advisor Vali Nasr urges caution, noting that “Iran’s diplomatic flexibility is serious, but should not be mistaken for willingness to surrender.”