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Obama: Israel "One Of Our Closest Allies In The Region"

In an interview with "60 Minutes," President Obama refers to concerns about a nuclear Iran from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "noise."

Obama then called Israel "one of our closest allies in the region."

STEVE KROFT, "60 Minutes" correspondent: How much pressure have you been getting from Prime Minister Netanyahu to make up your mind to use military force in Iran?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, look, I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time. And I understand and share Prime Minister Netanyahu's insistence that Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon because it would threaten us, it would threaten Israel and it would threaten the world and kick off a nuclear arms race.

Kroft: You don't feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don't feel any pressure?

Obama: When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that's out there. Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we're in close consultation with the Israelis on these issues because it affects them deeply. They're one of our closest allies in the region. And we've got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel's existence.

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