Obama and Netanyahu Talk Over Phone

    ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 11:  U.S. President Barack Obama (C), speaks during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon, September 11, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. U.S. President Barack Obama joined staff and family members at the Pentagon to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Mark Wilson

    It was reported Tuesday afternoon that the President Obama refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a disagreement over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, but now the White House is reporting that the president spoke with the prime minister on the phone for an hour on Tuesday night. “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” the White House said. The statement clarified there was never a request from Netanyahu to meet with Obama in Washington, and no request was ever denied. Earlier in the day, Netanyahu had harsh words for Obama, who he said “had no moral right” to deny Israel the right to set a clear “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program.

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