By Jeremy P. Jacobs - 06/21/09 11:20 AM EDT
Netanyahu also said that while many in the international community want a regime change in Iran, the most important goal right now is preventing the country from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The prime minister also said Iran's response to the protests, which has reportedly claimed nearly twenty lives, shows the country is not a democracy.
"Democracies do things differently," he said.
The prime minister has been critical of Iran, whose leaders have said Israel does not have a right to exist. If Iran becomes a nuclear armed country, Netanyahu said Sunday, it could lead to an arms race in the Middle East.
“The Middle East could become a nuclear tinderbox,” Netanyahu said.
Obama, Netanyahu said, is committed to working to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, as are many country's in the region.
Netanyahu also said that his country "reserves the right to defend" itself and wouldn't rule out the possibility of Israel acting on its own to wipe out Iran's nuclear facilities.
"We are threatened as no other people are threatened," Netanyahu said.