Obama cannot afford to alienate voters for whom Israel is a key issue.
In a sense, both need each other. Obama may need a conflict to win over independents. He already has his "liberal" base, people who are terrified of Republicans and right-wing extremism. Now he is really after so-called independents and even Republicans who support hard-line military policies like the showy liquidation of bin Laden and the ongoing drone wars. Obama may talk left but he walks right.
Both sides talk out of all sides of their mouths with their domestic political calculations far more important that any dangers to world peace. They see Iran as a symbolic issue, not necessarily a real threat. Even Israel calls it an "existential threat," whatever that is.
Fear of Iran keeps Netanyahu in power. An "Iranian menace" is useful to Obama too. Don't underestimate the games politicans play.
If you want truth, look elsewhere.
News Dissector Danny Schechter blogs at NewsDissector.net. His latest books are Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street and Blogothon (Cosimo Books.) He hosts a show on Progressive Radio Network.com. Parts of this Article first appeared on PressTV.