By Julian Pecquet - 09/28/12 05:40 PM EDT
President Obama is in “full agreement” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said after the two leaders talked over the phone Friday.
“The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security,” the White House said in a statement describing the call. “The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
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The two leaders' relationship has come under a microscope as Netanyahu increases pressure on the president to issue "red lines" that Iran will not be allowed to cross in enriching uranium that could be used to create a nuclear weapon. Adding to the tension, Obama declined to change his schedule to meet with the Israeli leader while he was at the United Nations in New York this week.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has accused Obama of being a weak supporter of Israel, also was scheduled to speak with Netanyahu on Friday.
"The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb," Netanyahu said. "The relevant question is, at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb? The red line must be drawn on Iran's nuclear enrichment program, because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target."
Here's the full readout:
Readout of the President’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today as part of their regular consultations, and to follow up on Secretary Clinton’s meeting with the Prime Minister. The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security. The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obama’s commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal. The two leaders took note of the close cooperation and coordination between the Governments of the United States and Israel regarding the threat posed by Iran – its nuclear program, proliferation, and support for terrorism – and agreed to continue their regular consultations on this issue going forward.