“Iran must be stopped; that is our common challenge,” Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu told U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, Steve Herman reports for VOA News.
In the Oval Office, the two leaders discussed how to thwart Iran’s military advances in the Middle East and the 2015 nuclear accord that both Trump and Netanyahu have deemed inadequate. “Iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions,” said Netanyahu, adding that Tehran “came out of this nuclear deal emboldened, enriched. It’s practicing aggression everywhere, including on our own borders.”
President Trump said he thinks the Palestinians want to come back to the negotiating table, but “if they don’t, you don’t have peace.”
After his Oval Office meeting with President Netanyahu answered questions from reporters. The central issue Netanyahu raised, he said, was: “Iran, Iran and Iran.” “The president will decide [by May 12] whether to renew the [Iran nuclear] agreement,” Netanyahu said. His advice: “Fully fix, or get rid of it, fully nix.” Regarding the Palestinians, Netanyahu said Israel did not seek to govern the Palestinians but that Israel must retain overriding security control of the West Bank, arguing that the Palestinians are not capable of rooting out violence.