“Conversation fertilizes thought,” he told a crowd at the Center for American Progress.
The Israeli leader thanked the president for having his country’s back.
The two leaders met in person for the first time in over a year.
The meeting comes after criticism about the administration's response.
“Utter silence. Deafening silence,” said the Israeli leader.
The breakdown of respectful political discussion has also eroded respect for office.
It would be their first face-to-face encounter since the Iran deal was finalized.
“We are opposed to a militarized nuclear program in Iran,” Netanyahu said.
The president met with nearly two dozen leaders from major Jewish organizations.
Netanyahu will address Jewish groups in the United States on the same day.
“This deal paves Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal,” he said.
A war of words between the two leaders is only going to increase.
Netanyahu said the year “had not been simple.”
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“I refuse to be silent,” the Israeli leader declared.
It will be their first face-to-face meeting since the Iran deal was finalized.
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The Isreali leader spent two hours with Dems visiting his country.
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More than 40 lawmakers will attend the two trips — one for Democrats, one for Republicans.
The president is making his case to skeptics on the nuclear accord.
Obama argues deal with help Israel's security.