US President Barack Obama has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 13 months.
At the meeting on Monday, Obama said it was “no secret” that he has a “strong disagreement” with Bibi in regard to the nuclear accord between Iran and the world powers, rehashing his rhetoric by stressing that the two leaders agree they should make sure Iran does not get its hands on nukes.
“It’s no secret that the prime minister and I have had a strong disagreement,” the US president said, adding, he was “looking to find common ground” with the Israeli premier.
In mid-June, Tehran reached a nuclear agreement with the global powers that also included Britain, Russia, China, and Germany.
Tel Aviv has falsely been claiming that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, an allegation that has always been rejected by Tehran.
Netanyahu has outspokenly slammed the deal, calling it a “threat” to the US and Israel.
As the meeting was being held, demonstrators were shouting in protest to Bibi’s visit and Washington’s policy towards the regime.
The protesters demanded that the US government cut the three billion dollar aid to Tel Aviv.
Israel has reportedly demanded five billion dollars per year for 10 years but the White House sources told the New York Times on Friday that Tel Aviv would not be receiving an increased compensation package.
“There is no justification for an increased compensation package, especially in light of the Federal budget cuts and the current battle in Congress over the ‘wastage’ of the US government,” a White House source said.