This exchange is interesting. Netanyahu, speaking to Obama, is echoing Obama’s comments that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, emphasizing that as a longstanding principle of Israeli sovereignty. However, I don’t believe for a moment that he wants to use military action without the aid of America, especially considering the vulnerable position they are in with the Arab Winter. However, I believe he is emphasizing it this way to show the world that America and Israel are inseparable partners, as a show of strength, because as I said, I believe he very much wants it this way.
Obama, on the other hand, means it for an entirely different reason, that we will actually let Israel defend itself, by itself, because he is a Palestinian sympathizer. He’s made that clear throughout his administration, and though Netanyahu is attempting to change that perception, I’m sure Bibi’s enemies are well aware of Obama’s real position.