Obama on Netanyahu Speech: I Read Transcript And Saw "Nothing New," "Didn't Offer Any Viable Alternatives"


PRESIDENT OBAMA: I did not have a chance to watch Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech. I was on a video conference with our European partners with respect to Ukraine. I did have a chance to take a look at the transcript. And as far as can I tell, there was nothing new. The prime minister, I think, appropriately pointed out that the bond between the United States and America [sic] is unbreakable and on that point I thoroughly agree.

He also pointed out that Iran has been a dangerous regime and continues to engage in activities that are contrary to the interest of the United States, to Israel and to the region. And on that, we agree. He also pointed out the fact that Iran has repeatedly threatened Israel and engaged in the most venomous of anti-Semitic statements and no one can dispute that. But on the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and would give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives.

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