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Video: Participants of AIPAC 2012 Conference Share Experiences

Two participants at the AIPAC Policy Conference share their thoughts on Iran, on Netanyahu and on Obama.
By Elad Benari & Hezki Ezra
First Publish: 3/7/2012, 6:43 AM

Arutz Sheva met and spoke on Tuesday with two participants at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.

New York resident Alexander Steinberg said he was “very proud” to be part of the conference.

“It grows every year,” he said. “I think it really says a lot about the shared values of the two people (Israelis and Americans –ed.).”

Steinberg added he hopes the U.S. and Israel “can get together and maybe take a flight over to Iran and drop them a present.”

Yoni Leitner of Las Vegas, another participant, said that he believes the message presented both by President Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is that both are starting to take decisive action on the Iranian nuclear issue.

“We’ve been coming here for a long time and Iran and the nuclear bomb have been an issue for a very long time, I would say for the last ten years at least,” said Leitner. “And finally this year, you really get the feeling like they’re actually going to be doing something about it.”

He added that he believes Obama and the U.S. Administration should have no business telling Israel what it can and cannot do.

“I think every country in the world has the right to defend itself,” he said. “I think Israel definitely has earned its right because it’s been so nice and so lenient, and anyone knows history can see that, but I definitely don’t think it’s anybody’s business to tell Israel what to do. Especially the United States of America.”

Steinberg also spoke of Obama and Netanyahu’s speeches, saying both are great speakers but noting that Netanyahu’s “deep voice” really gets into a person’s heart.

“I think you see the difference between the two leaders, because Netanyahu has served in the military. I think he has a little more experience,” he said. “Obama? We shall see. He says we should trust him. I don’t know if I personally trust him, but I wonder whether the defense establishment in Israel will trust him.”