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Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 01 2014 Oct 1, 2014 October 01, 2014 1:31 AM October 01, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Julie Pace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship.

Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected to focus on another delicate issue: U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. With a deadline for reaching a final agreement less than two months away, all sides say significant gaps remain.

Netanyahu has long cautioned the U.S. and the international community that Iran is barreling toward a bomb and using diplomatic discussions as a stalling tactic. The Islamic republic contends its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

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