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Netanyahu Sends Very Blunt Message to Obama Following Announcement of Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office, Sunday, March 8, 2015. (Image source: AP/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a very blunt message to President Barack Obama Thursday following the announcement of a tentative deal with Iran aimed at curbing the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Netanyahu told the president that the current framework would threaten the survival of Israel, according to the prime minister's spokesman Mark Regev.

Netanyahu added that the deal would legitimize Iran's nuclear program and not block their path to a bomb, but instead pave its way.

The Israeli leader suggested the alternative would be standing firm and increasing pressure on the country.

The White House released a readout of Obama's call to Netanyahu Thursday night.

Obama told the Israeli leader that the deal represents significant progress toward a solution that prevents the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon and emphasized U.S. commitment to Israel.

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