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Netanyahu talks to Obama, Romney Friday: What the calls were about

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WASHINGTON--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran's quest for nuclear weapons in phone calls Friday with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Netanyahu, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, also met Friday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Netanyahu on Thursday warned the UN about Iran's march towards becoming a nuclear power.

Read the transcript of Netanyahu's UN speech HERE

From the White House:

Readout of the President's Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today as part of their regular consultations, and to follow up on Secretary Clinton's meeting with the Prime Minister. The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country's unshakeable commitment to Israel's security. The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obama's commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal. The two leaders took note of the close cooperation and coordination between the Governments of the United States and Israel regarding the threat posed by Iran - its nuclear program, proliferation, and support for terrorism - and agreed to continue their regular consultations on this issue going forward.

Background, Mitt Romney campaign:

Gov. Romney and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed a number of topics of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. They agreed that the largest security threat to Israel and the entire world is a nuclear-capable Iran. The Prime Minister and the Governor agreed that an Iran with nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable. Governor Romney reiterated his belief that the United States has no greater friend and ally in the region than Israel.

Additionally, this call was a good opportunity for Governor Romney to catch up with his friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu--as you may recall, they had an official meeting when the Governor was in Israel this summer. Governor Romney also had the honor, while there, of breaking fast with the Prime Minister and his family at the conclusion of Tisha B'Av.

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