Transcript from President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s joint news conference

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President Barack Obama joining Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu for a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

(14:30:57) NETANYAHU: Mr. President, Barack, it’s a great pleasure for me to host you here in Jerusalem. You’ve graciously hosted me many times in Washington. So, I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to reciprocate.

(14:31:09) I hope that the good will and warmth of the people of Israel has already made you feel at home. (Obama: Very much so.) We had an opportunity today to begin discussing the wide range of issues that are critical to both our countries.

(14:31:26) And foremost among these is Iran’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. Mr. President, you have made it clear that you are determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I appreciate your forthright position on this point.

(14:31:44) I also appreciate that you have noted that you have acted to thwart this threat both through determined diplomacy and strong sanctions that are getting stronger yet.

(14:31:58) Notwithstanding our joint efforts and your great success in mobilizing the international community, diplomacy and sanctions have not so far stopped Iran’s nuclear program. And, as you know, my view is that in order to stop Iran’s nuclear programs peacefully, diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by clear and credible threat of military action.

(14:32:22) In this regard, Mr. President, I want to thank you once again for always making clear that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

(14:32:33) I deeply appreciate those words because they speak to the great transformation that has occurred in the life of the Jewish people. With the rebirth of the Jewish state, the Jewish people only two generations ago were once a powerless people; defenseless against those who sought our destruction.

(14:32:58) Today we have both a right and a capability to defend ourselves. As you said earlier today, the essence of the State of Israel, the essence of the rebirth of the Jewish State, is the fulfillment of the age old dream of the Jewish people; to be masters of our fate in our own state. And I think that was a wonderful line that I will cherish because it really gets down to the essence of what this state is about.

(14:33:29) That is why I know that you appreciate that Israel can never cede the right to defend ourselves to others; even to the greatest of our friends. And Israel has no better friend than the United States of America.

(14:33:44) So I look forward to continuing to work with you to address what is an existential threat to Israel and a grave threat to the peace and security of the world.

(14:33:55) Mr. President, we discussed today the situation in Syria, we share the goal of seeing a stable and peaceful Syria emerge from the carnage that we have witnessed over the last two years. That carnage is already resulted in the deaths of over 70-thousand people and the suffering of millions.

(14:34:16) We also share a determination to prevent the deadly arsenal of weapons within Syria from falling into the hands of terrorist hands. And I have no doubt that the best way to do that is to work closely with the United States and other countries in the region to address this challenge. And that is what we intend to do.

(14:34:36) Finally Mr. President, your visit gave us an opportunity to try to find a way to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. My new government was sworn in two-days ago, I know there have been questions regarding what the policy of the new government will be towards peace with the Palestinians.

(14:34:58) So let me be clear, Israel remains fully committed to peace and the solutions of two states for two peoples. We extend our hands in peace and in friendship to the Palestinian people.

(14:35:14) I hope that your visit, along with the visit of Secretary of State Kerry, will help us turn a page in our relations with the Palestinians. Let us sit down at the negotiating table. Let us put aside all preconditions. Let us work together to achieve the historic compromise that will end our conflict once and for all.

(14:35:37) Let me conclude, Mr. President, on a personal note. I know how valuable the time and the energy is of the American President, of yourself. This is the tenth time that we have met since you became President and I became Prime Minister.

(14:35:57) You’ve chosen Israel as your first venue in your visit, your foreign visits, in your second term. I want to thank you for the investment you have made in our relationship and in strengthening the friendship and alliance between our two countries.

(14:36:13) It is deeply, deeply appreciated. You have come here on the eve of Passover. I’ve always considered it as our most cherished holiday. It celebrates the Jewish people’s passage from slavery to freedom.

(14:36:28) Through the ages, it has also inspired people struggling for freedom, including the founding fathers of the United States. So it’s a profound honor to host you, the leader of the free world, at this historic time in our ancient capitol.

(14:36:46) Mr. President, welcome to Israel. Welcome to Jerusalem. [shaking hands]

(14:36:37) OBAMA: Well thank you Prime Minister Netanyahu for your kind words and your wonderful welcome here today and I wanna express a special thanks to Sara as well as your two sons for uh their warmth and hospitality it was wonderful to see them. I did inform the prime minister they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother [LAUGHTER]

(14:37:24) NETANYAHU: Well I can say the same of your daughters! [LAUGHTER]

OBAMA: This is true. Our goal is to improve our gene pool by marrying women who are better than we are. Mr Prime Minister I wanna begin by congratulating you on the formation of your new government. In the United States we work hard to find agreement between our two major parties. Here in Israel you have to find consensus among many more.

(14:37:50) And few legislatures can compete with the intensity of the Knesset. But all of this reflects the thriving nature of Israel’s democracy. As BiBi mentioned this is our tenth meeting. We’ve spent more time together, working together, than I have with any leader.

(14:38:08) And this speaks to the closeness of our two nations, the interests and values we share, and the depth and breadth of the ties between our two peoples. As leaders, our most solemn responsibility is the security of our people. That’s job number 1. My job as president of the US first and foremost is to keep the people of the United States safe.

(14:38:32) BiBi, as prime minister your first task is to keep the people of Israel safe. And Israel’s security needs are truly unique, as I’ve seen myself. In past trips I’ve visited villages near the blue line. I’ve walked through Israeli homes devastated by Hezbollah rockets. I’ve stood in Storot(?) and met with children who simply wanna grow up free from fear.

(14:38:57) And flying in today I saw again how Israel’s security can be measured in mere miles and minutes. As president I’ve therefore made it clear America’s commitment to the security of the state of Israel is a solemn obligation. And the security of Israel is non-negotiable.

(14:39:17) Today our military and intelligence personnel cooperate more closely than ever before. We conduct more joint exercises and training than ever before. We’re providing more security assistance and advanced tech to Israel than ever before. And that includes more support for the missile defenses like Iron Dome which I saw today and has saved so many Israeli lives.

(14:39:43) In short, and I don’t think this is just my opinion I think BiBi you would share this, America’s support for Israel’s security is unprecedented, and the alliance between our nations has never been stronger. That’s the sturdy foundation we built on today as we addressed a range of shared challenges. As part of our long-term commitment to Israel’s security, the PM and I agreed (AUDIO HIT) extending military assistance to Israel.

(14:40:10) Our current agreement lasts through 2017 and we’ve directed our teams to start working on extending it for the years beyond. I’m also pleased to announce we will take steps to ensure there’s no interruption of funding for Iron Dome. As a result of decisions that I made last year, Israel will receive approx $250 million this fiscal year and we will continue to work with Congress on future funding of Iron Dome.

(14:40:40) These are further reminders that we will help to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge so that Israel can defend itself by itself against any threat. We also discussed the way forward to a two state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, and I very much welcomed BiBi’s words before I (AUDIO/VIDEO HIT) I’ll be meeting with President Abbas tomorrow and I will have more to say on this topic in the speech that I deliver to the Israeli people tomorrow.

(14:41:11) But for now let me just reiterate that a central element of a lasting peace must be a strong and secure Jewish (AUDIO HIT), where Israel’s security concerns are met, alongside a sovereign and independent Palestinian state. In this regard I’ll note that last year was a milestone. The first time in four decades when not a single Israeli citizen lost their life because of terrorism emanating from the West bank.

(14:41:41) It’s a reminder that Israel has a profound interest in a strong and effective Palestinian Authority, and as the prime minister’s new government begins its work we’ll continue to look for steps that both Israelis and Palestinians can take (AUDIO/VIDEO HIT) upon which lasting peace will depend.

(14:42:01) We also reaffirmed the importance of ensuring Israel’s security given the changes and uncertainty in the region. As the US supports the Egyptian people in their historic transition to democracy, we continue to underscore the importance of Egypt contributing to regional security, keeping Hamas from rearming and upholding its peace treaty with Israel. With respect to Syria, the US continues to work with allies and friends and the Syrian opposition to hasten the end to Assad’s rule, to stop the violence against the Syrian people, and begin a transition toward a new gov’t that respects the rights of all its people.

(14:42:43) Assad has lost his legitimacy to lead by attacking the Syrian people with almost every conventional weapon in his arsenal including SCUD missiles, and we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. We also share Israel’s grave concern about the transfer of chemical and other weapons system to terrorists such as Hezbollah, that might be used against Israel.

(14:43:15) The Assad regime must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. And finally we continued our close consultation on Iran. We agree that a nuclear-armed Iran (HIT) to the region, a threat to the world, and potentially an existential threat to Israel. And we agree on our goal.

(14:43:38) We do not have a policy of containment when it comes to a nuclear Iran. Our policy is to prevent Iran (HIT) a nuclear weapon. We prefer to resolve this diplomatically, and there’s still time to do so. Iran’s leaders must understand however that they have to meet their international obligations.

(14:43:57) And meanwhile the international community will continue to increase the pressure on the Iranian government. The US will continue to consult closely with Israel on next steps, and I will repeat: all options are on the table. We will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting the world’s worst weapons.

(14:44:20) Meeting none of these challenges will be easy. It will demand the same courage and resolve as those who have preceded us. On Friday I’ll be honored to visit Mt. Hertzel and pay tribute to the leaders and soldiers who have laid down their lives for Israel. One of them was Yoni Netanyahu, and in one of his letters home he wrote to his family “Don’t forget: Strength, justice and staunch resolution are on our side, and that is a great deal.”

(14:44:54) Mr. Prime Minister, like families across Israel, you and your family have served and sacrificed to defend your country, and to pass it safe and strong to your children just as it was passed on to you. Standing here today I can say with confidence that Israel’s security is guaranteed because it has a great deal on its side.

(14:45:13) Including the unwavering support of the United States of America [APPLAUSE]

(14:45:18) [OBAMA AND NETANYAHU SHAKE HANDS]

ISREALI PRESS SECRETARY: First question, Israel’s Channel 2 Audi Seger

REPORTER: Mr. President, may I ask you about Syria and practical question and a moral one. Morally how is it possible that for the last two years, tens of thousands of innocent civilians are being massacred and no one, the world, the United States, you are doing anything to stop it immediately. On a practical level, you have said today and also in the past, that the use of chemical weapons would be the crossing of a red line. It seems like this line was crossed yesterday. What specifically do you intend to do about it?

(14:46:06) OBAMA: I’ll answer the questions in reverse order if you don’t mind. I will talk about the chemical weapons first and then the larger question. With request to chemical weapons, we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. Obviously in Syria right now you have a war zone. You have information that is filtered out but you have to make sure that we know exactly what happened, what was the nature of the incident, what can we document, what can we prove.

(14:46:38) So I have instructed my teams to work closely with all other countries in the region and international organization and institutions to find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed. I will note, without at this point having all of the facts before me, that we know the Syrian government has the capacity to carry out chemical weapon attacks.

(14:47:10) We know that there are those in the Syria government who have expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons if necessary to protect themselves. I am deeply skeptical of any claim that in fact it was the opposition that used chemical weapons. Everybody that knows the facts of weapons stockpiles inside of Syria as well as the Syrian governments capabilities I think would question those claims but I know they are floating out there right now.

(14:47:53) The broader point is once we establish the facts, I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game changer and I won’t make an announcement today about next steps because I think we need to gather the facts. But I do think that when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties and you let that genie out of the bottle. Then you are looking potentially at even more horrific scenes then we have already seen in Syria.

(14:48:32) And the international community has to act on that additional information. But as is always the case when it comes to issues of war and peace, I think having the facts before you act is very important. More broadly, as I said in my opening statement, I believe that the Assad regime has lost all credibility and legitimacy.

(14:48:55) I think Assad must go and I believe he will go. It is incorrect to say that we have done nothing. We have helped to mobilize the isolation of the Assad regime internationally. We have supported and recognized the opposition. We have had hundreds of millions of dollars in support for humanitarian aid.

(14:49:20) We have worked diligently with other countries in the region to provide additional tools to move to a political transition within Syria. If your suggestion is that I have not acted unilaterally militarily inside of Syria well you know the response has been, or or or, my response would be that to the extent possible, I want to make sure we are working as an international community to deal with this problem.

(14:50:00) Because I think it is a world problem not simply a United States problem, or an Israel problem or a Turkish problem. It’s a world problem, when tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered including innocent woman and children. And, so we will continue to work in an international framework to try to bring about the kind of change that’s necessarily in Syria.

(14:50:26) Secretary Kerry has been working nonstop since he came into his current position to try and help mobilize and organize our overall efforts. And we will continue to push every lever that we have to try and bring about a resolution inside of Syria that respects the, the rights and the safety and security of all people regardless of what ever sectarian lines that currently divide Syria.

(14:51:00) Last point I will make which is probably obvious, but this is not easy. When you start seeing a civil war that has sectarian elements to it and you have a repressive government that is intent on maintaining power and you have mistrust that has broken out along sectarian lines. And you have an opposition that has not had the opportunity or time to organize itself, both politically as well as militarily.

(14:51:35) Then you end up seeing some of the devastation you have been seeing and we are going to continue to do everything we can to prevent it. And I know the vast majority of our international partners feel the same way.

(14:51:50) PRESS SECRETARY: From the White House press Corps, Matt Spetalnick from Reuters

REPORTER: Yes thank you, there was some friendly banter between you two gentleman on the tarmac today about red lines. And I am wondering how much of a serious matter that actually came in the talks and will be in your talks to come tonight. President Obama has said that it will take Iran at least a year to build a bomb, that’s month longer than Prime Minister believes. Mr. President are you asking the Prime Minster to be more patient, to hold off for at least a year on any military action in Iran? Mr. Prime Minister, have President Obama’s words convinced you of, that he is putting forth a credible military threat that you have repeatedly asked for and does he need to go further? Thank you.

(14:52:40) OBAMA: You answer first, you take a first swing at this.

NETANYAHU: Well I’m, you know there are so many scripts of different colors on the tarmac, that we [laughs] that we did have a joke about that but obviously this matter is no joke. It relates to our very existence and to something that the President also correctly identified is the grave, strategic threat to the United States and the peace and security of the world.

(14:53:16) I’m absolutely convinced that the President is determined to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. I appreciate that. And I also appreciate something that he said, which I mentioned in my opening remarks, that the Jewish people have come back to their own country to be the masters of their own fate.

(14:53:36) And I appreciate the fact that the President has reaffirmed, more than any other president, Israel’s right and duty to defend it’s self by itself against any threat. We just heard those important words now and I think that sums up our common view. Iran is a grave threat to Israel, a grave threat to the world, nuclear Iran. And the United States is committed to deal with it; Israel is committed to deal with it. We have different vulneralbilities, obviously, different capabilities. We take that into account but what we do maintain, and the President I think is the first to do so, is that Israel has a right to independently defend itself against any threat, including the Iranian threat.

(14:54:34) OBAMA: I think the only thing I would add is that our intelligence cooperation on this issue, consultation between our militaries, our intelligence, is unprecedented. And there is not a lot of light, a lot of daylight between our countries assessments in terms of where Iran is right now. I think that what Bibi alluded to which is absolutely correct is each country has to make its own decisions when it comes to the awesome decision to engage in any kind of military action. And Israel is differently situated than the United States. And I would not expect that the Prime Minister would make a decision about his country’s security and defer that to any other country. Any more than the United States would defer our decisions about what’s important for our national security.

(14:55:41) I have shared that with Bibi as I’ve said to the entire world, as I’ve said to the Iranian people and the Iranian leaders. I think there is time to resolve this issue diplomatically. The question is will Iranian leadership seize that opportunity? Will they walk through that door? And it will be in everybody’s interests, not just Israel’s interests, not just the United States’ interests, it is of interest of the Iranian people if this gets resolved diplomatically.

(14:56:14) Because the truth of the matter is is that the most permanent solution to the Iranian situation is ultimately going to be their decision that it is not worth it for them to pursue nuclear weapons. That’ll be the lasting change. If we can get that, that’s good for everybody, including Iran. Because it would allow them to break out of the isolation that has hampered their society and their economic development for many years.

(14:56:52) But I don’t know whether they’re going to be willing to take that step. And obviously, their past behavior indicates that in the words of, or play on words on what Ronald Reagan said, “we can’t even trust yet, much less verify.” But we do have to test the proposition that this can be resolved diplomatically. And if it can’t, then I’ve repeated to Bibi what I’ve said publically, and that is is that we will leave all options on the table in resolving it.

(14:57:39) REPORTER: Welcome, Mr. President. On your way back to Washington on Friday, what will you consider a successful visit convincing the Israeli leaders that they can rely on you on the Iranian issue, especially that I learned there are differences between Israel and the United States concerning the enrichment of the Iran nuke? Or convincing both sides, Israelis and the Palestinians, to revive the negotiation involving the floundering peace process.

(14:58:11) OBAMA: Well, my main goal on this trip has been to have an opportunity to speak directly to the Israeli people. At a time when, obviously what was already a tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. And let them know that they’ve got a friend in the United States. That we have your back. That we consider Israeli’s security of extraordinary importance to us. Not just because of the bonds between our people, but also because of our own national security interests.

(14:58:51) In that context, what I have also sought to achieve here is further consultations, building on what we’ve already discussed as Bibi has just formed a new government, as I am entering my second term, that we continue to have close consultations around these shared interests that we’ve already discussed. Iran being obviously a prominent shared concern.

(14:59:19) And I want to make sure that the Israeli people and the Israeli government consistently understand my thinking and how I’m approaching this problem. And I want to understand how the Israeli government and the Prime Minister is approaching this problem. To make sure that there are no misunderstandings there.

(14:59:40) With respect to the peace process, as I said I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow. But I think you are absolutely right that over the last year, year and a half, two years, 2.5 years, we haven’t gone forward. We haven’t seen the kind of progress that we would like to see. There’s some elements of good news and the fact of the matter is is that even with all that’s been happening in the region, the Palestinian authority has worked effectively in cooperation with the international community, in part because of some of the training that we the United States provided to do its part in maintaining security in the West Bank.

(15:00:38) We have seen some progress when it comes to economic development and opportunity for the Palestinian people. But, the truth of the matter is trying to bring this to some sort of clear settlement. A solution that would allow Israelis to feel as if they’ve broken out of the current isolation that they’re in, in this region, that would allow the incredible economic growth that’s taking place inside this country to be a model for trade and commerce and development throughout the region at a time when all these other countries need technology and commerce and jobs for their young people.

(15:01:37) For Palestinians to feel a sense that they too are masters of their own fate. For Israel to feel that the possibilities of rockets reigning down on their families has diminished, that kind of solution we have not yet seen. And so what I want to do is listen, hear from Prime Minister Netanyahu. Tomorrow I’ll have a chance to hear from Abu Mazen, to get a sense from them how do they see this process moving forward. What are the possibilities and what are the constraints and how can the United States be helpful?

(15:02:24) And I purposely did not want to come here and make some big announcement that might not match up with what the realities and possibilities on the ground are. I wanted to spend some time listening before I talked, which my mother always taught me was a good idea. And so hopefully, I’ll consider it a success when I go back on Friday, I’ll be able to say to myself I have a better understanding of what the constraints are, what the interests of the various parties are, and how the United States can play a constructive role in bringing about a lasting peace and two states living side by side in peace and security.

(15:03:14) REPORTER – CHUCK TODD : Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister. Mr. President, I want to follow up a little bit on the peace process. You began your term, your first term, big fan fair, Cairo speech to talk to the Muslim world. The decision to have a Middle East envoy. Early, you said you weren’t going to let this slip to your second term. We’re in your second term with the Mideast peace process. What went wrong? Why are we further away from a two state solution. I know you want to talk more about this tomorrow, but I’m curious, what do you believe went wrong? Did you push Israel too hard? What do you wish you would’ve done differently? And Mr. Prime Minister, I want to help out my colleague over here on the follow up he had which had to do with, do you accept the President’s understanding that Iran is a year away when it comes to nuclear weapons. And another question I have for you…

(15:04:04) OBAMA: Chuck, how many you got? Do you guys do this in the Israeli press, you say you get one question and you have five? You see how the young lady from Channel One, she had one question. She was very well behaved, Chuck.

NETANYAHU: Look, this is not a kosher question. But don’t hog it. [LAUGHTER]

TODD: I guess my question to you was going to be why do you believe the Israeli people have not embraced President Obama the same way they embraced our last two US Presidents? Thank you.

(15:04:48) OBAMA: So you had to get a polling question in there right at the end, huh? [LAUGHTER] Chuck, you’re just incorrigible.

(15:05:00) OBAMA: Well, look the opening premise of your question was that having failed to achieve peace in the Middle East in my first term, that I must have screwed up somehow. And I will tell you I hope I’m a better president now than when I came into office. But my commitment was not to achieve a peace deal in my first year or second year or third year. That would have been nice.

(15:05:25) What I said was I was not gonna wait to start on the issue until my second term cuz I thought it was too important. And that’s exactly what I did. I’m absolutely sure that there are a host of things that I could have done that would have been more deft, y’know would have created better optics. But ultimately this is a really hard problem.

(15:05:55) It’s been lingering for over six decades. And uh the parties involved have some profound interests that you can’t spin, you can’t smooth over. And it is a hard slog to work through all of these issues. I will add that both parties also have politics, just like we do back home.

(15:06:25) There are a whole bunch of things I’d like to do back in the US that I didn’t get done back in my first term. And I’m sure I could have been more deft there as well. But some of it’s just because it’s hard. And people disagree. And it takes a confluence of both good diplomatic work but also timing, serendipity, things falling into place at the right time, the right players feeling this is the moment to seize it.

(15:07:08) And my goal here is just to make sure the US is a positive force in trying to create those opportunities as frequently as possible, and be as clear as possible as to why we think this is an important priority. Not only because of some Pollyana-ish views about can’t we all get along and hold hands and sing Koom-ba-yah. But because I actually believe Israel’s security will be enhanced with a resolution to this issue.

(15:07:45) I believe Palestinians will prosper and can channel their extraordinary energies and entrepreneurship in more positive ways with a resolution to this issue. The entire region I think will be healthier with a resolution to this issue. So I’m gonna keep on making that argument.

(15:08:05) And I will admit that frankly sometimes it’d be easier not to make the argument, and avoid the question. Precisely because it’s hard. That’s not the approach I’ve tried to take. There’ve probably been times where I’ve made statements about what I think needs to happen, the way it gets filtered through our press, it may be interpreted in ways that get Israelis nervous just like folks back home who sometimes get nervous about areas where they are not sure exactly where I stand on things.

(15:08:50) That’s why I always like the opportunity to talk directly to you guys. Hopefully you’ll show the live film as opposed to the edited version. With that I think you’ve got four questions to answer, BiBi.

[NETANYAHU AND AUDIENCE LAUGH]

(15:09:11) NETANYAHU: I think that there is a misunderstanding about time. If Iran decides to go for a nuclear weapon, that is to actually manufacture the weapon, then probably, then it will take them about a year. I think that’s correct. They could defer that a long time, but still get through the enrichment process.

(15:09:35) That is to make a weapon you need two things, you need enriched uranium, a critical amount, and then you need a weapon. You can’t have the weapon without the enriched uranium. But you can you have the enriched uranium without the weapon. Iran right now is enriching uranium, it will, it is pursuing it. I hasn’t yet reached the red line that I have described in my speech at the UN. They are getting closer.

(15:10:03) And the question of manufacturing a weapon is a different one. The President said correctly that we have, on these issues that are a little arcane and they sound a little detailed to you, but on these matters we share information and we have a common assessment. We have a common assessment.

(15:10:24) In any case, Iran gets to an immunity zone when they get through the enrichment process, in our view, in our view. And whatever time is left, there is not a lot of time. And every day that passes diminishes it. But we do have a common assessment on the schedules, on intelligence, we share that intelligence and we don’t have any argument about it.

(15:10:57) I think it’s important to state that clearly. I think that people should get to know President Obama the way that I have gotten to know him. And I think that you have just heard something that is very meaningful. I may have escaped you but it hasn’t escaped me and that is the President announced that in addition to all the aid that his administration has provided, including iron dome, including defense funding during very difficult times.

(15:11:32) He has announced that we are going to begin talks on another 10 year process, arrangement, to ensure America military assistance to Israel. And I want to express my thanks for everything that you have done and I want to thank you also for that statement that you just made. I think it’s very very important. I think Israel’s will judge this by the unfolding events and by what has happened and is actually taking place.

(15:12:06) And for this you know there is a very simple to your question. The gentleman from NBC right? Yeah for this you need, you see, a second term as President and a third term as Prime Minister, that really fixes things. [OBAMA laughs]

(15:12:20) OBAMA: Alright, thank you very much everybody. [OBAMA and NETANYAHU shake hands, walk off]

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