As nations and international bodies paying close attention to Iranian activities continue to fear the Middle Eastern country's potential secret nuclear program, tough decisions may be on the horizon. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this morning to discuss this increasingly-important issue.
The New York Post has more regarding how the dialogue unfolded, as Obama reaffirmed the United States' support for Israel and pledged a "rock solid" commitment:
"The United States will always have Israel's back," Obama said during the meeting, which comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel.
Obama is looking to cool tensions in the region, which have increased amid suggestions Israel could launch a preemptive military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities this year.
"My policy is not going to be one of containment," Obama said. "My policy is going to be one of preventing Iran from getting a weapon."
Obama also called the bond that exists between the U.S. and Israel "unbreakable."
The USA Today continues:
In brief comments before reporters at the start of their meeting, Obama said both he and Netanyahu prefer to solve the issues with Iran diplomatically. Obama added that he believes their was still time for diplomacy to work, but that all options are still on the table in dealing with Iran.
Netanyahu told Obama that "Israel and America stand together. He added that his country must be the "master of its fate."
While Netanyahu also pledged his allegiance to the U.S., he reiterated the fact that Israel reserves the right to act on its own, should outside forces cause it to do so. His nation, he explained, has the "sovereign right to make its own decisions."
"Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself," Netanyahu continued.
Watch the discussion, below:
These comments came after a speech that Obama delivered on Sunday at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) policy conference. During his address, he pledged his support for Israel, but lamented the "too much loose talk of war" that has apparently been a part of the political discussion of late.
(H/T: New York Post)