Remarks Prior to a Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and an Exchange with Reporters, March 3, 2014   [open pdf - 144KB]

From the remarks of President Obama: "Well, it's a pleasure to welcome once again Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Oval Office. […] And that's the reason why on a whole spectrum of issues, we consult closely; we have the kind of military and intelligence and security cooperation that is unprecedented. And there is a strong bipartisan commitment in this country to make sure that Israel's security is preserved in any contingency. We're going to have a wide range of issues obviously to discuss given what's happening on the world stage and in the Middle East, in particular. So we'll spend some time discussing the situation in Syria and the need for us to not only find a political solution to the tragic situation there, but also to address growing extremism inside of Syria, the spillover effects on Lebanon and Jordan, in particular. We'll have an opportunity to discuss the work that we do in counterterrorism and the work that we are going to be continuing to do to try to stabilize an environment that has become very dangerous in many respects. […] And that's important to Israel's security as well as to U.S. security. We're going to be talking about Iran and my absolute commitment to make sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, something that I know the Prime Minister feels very deeply about. And we will discuss how the Joint Plan of Action that is currently in place can potentially, at least, lead to a solution that ensures that Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon."

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Daily Comp. Pres. Docs., 2014 DCPD No. 00137
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