WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the White House for talks with President Barack Obama -- and the signs of a warming U.S. relationship with Iran are certain to be at the forefront of their discussions.
Israel was irritated by Friday's 15-minute phone conversation between Obama and the new Iranian president. Israel has declared an Iranian nuclear program to be unacceptable, and a threat to the region. And the Israelis have tried to persuade the United States not to be swayed by Iran's outreach.
Before leaving Israel yesterday, Netanyahu said he would "tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles."
The United States has vowed to consult with Israeli officials as it considers a shift on Iran. And the two countries would certainly share intelligence, as they have done for years.
In an interview today with Israel Radio, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said there's "nothing to worry about" in the U.S. approach to Iran and its nuclear program. Dan Shapiro said the U.S. and Israel "have the same objectives" - to "prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
044-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"within nine months"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the meeting follows the re-launch of peace talks with the Palestinians. (30 Sep 2013)
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043-c-19-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"of nuclear weapons"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports Benjamin Netanyahu is deeply skeptical of Iran's new leadership. (30 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO DCSW101: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a meeting and lunch with President Barack Obama. The White House said the two leaders would discuss negotiations with the Palestinians, developments in Syria and Iran. The topic of Iran was likely to be one of the most contentious. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (30 Sep 2013)
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