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Netanyahu Takes A Swipe At Obama's Approach Toward Iran

During a joint press conference on May 23 with U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a comment that some are calling an attack against former U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to stabilize the Middle East through diplomatic talks with Iran.

"I want to tell you how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East," Netanyahu told Trump during the press event, according to the Washington Examiner.

Obama finalized an agreement with Iran in 2015, when the U.S. promised to lift more than $100 billion in sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation in exchange from keeping nuclear weapons out of its hands. This strained the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, as Netanyahu argued that the deal would not stop Iran from enriching uranium.

During his first overseas trip as president, Trump has had harsh words for Iran, particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons.

"The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, never ever, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately," Trump said at the press conference.

At the conference, Netanyahu also thanked Trump for "the American change in policy on Iran" and praised the president's "bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria," referring to Trump authorizing the launch of a number of missiles at the site where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people, according to NBC.

"You noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners, and that is where we see something new and potentially very promising," Netanyahu told Trump at the time, thanking him for becoming the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall.

Both world leaders said that they were optimistic that they might be able to work together for peace in Israel and indicated an interested in striking a deal between Israel and Palestine.

"It will not be simple, but for the first time in many years, and the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change," the prime minister said.

Trump said that Netanyahu is "working very hard" toward a peaceful region and offered the U.S.' assistance, adding that "there's a lot of love out there."

Sources: Washington Examiner, NBC / Photo Credit: MathKnight/Wikimedia Commons

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