President Obama talked to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone late Tuesday night amid reports — denied by the White House — that the administration turned down a requested meeting with the Israeli leader. Netanyahu has publicly challenged the U.S. government to set a clear “red line” that Iran cannot cross in regards to its nuclear program.
From the White House:
President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight as a part of their ongoing consultations. The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward. Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.