At a White House meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president acknowledged Israel’s “unique security requirements,” and noted that its security must come first in any discussions of Middle East peace.Obama and Netanyahu discussed Gaza, the West Bank, security, and Jerusalem. And there appeared to be some points of agreement going forward.
Iran was described by both leaders as posing a profound danger to peace in the region and the world. Obama and Netanyahu discussed U.N. sanctions against Iran as well as the bill the president recently signed into law ratcheting up U.S. sanctions against the Tehran regime. The president made clear that the international community must not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. The president said, “And so we intend to continue to put pressure on Iran to meet its international obligations and to cease the kinds of provocative behavior that has made it a threat to its neighbors and the international community.”
“This recognition by the United States of Israel’s security needs is a testament to the common understanding of the complexities of the Middle East situation,” B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick said.
“The discussion about Iran demonstrates the two countries are committed to ensuring Iran does not develop and use nuclear weapons,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “We also hope today’s meeting will serve as a precursor to the resumption of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians.”