At the White House today, President Obama began a day of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who's been publicly impatient about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As they began, the President told reporters they both "prefer to solve this diplomatically." The Prime Minister said, "Israel and America stand together." Yesterday, at the annual meeting of AIPAC, anticipating criticism from Republicans and hard-line Israelis, the President addressed the issue head on. "Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government… I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
US and Israel Discuss Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
- Scott Wilson - Washington Post senior national correspondent focusing on California and the West - @PostScottWilson
- Barbara Slavin - Atlantic Council / Al-Monitor - @barbaraslavin1
- Sheera Frenkel - New York Times reporter covering cybersecurity - @sheeraf
- Patrick Clawson - Washington Institute for Near East Policy