President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to move past their bitter disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal and to focus on other mutual interests, including enhanced U.S. military aid for Israel, in a long-awaited Oval Office meeting Monday.
In their first sit-down summit after a year of rocky relations, the two leaders made a public show of praising their countries’ unique political, cultural and military ties.
They grasped each other’s hands for two strong but unsmiling handshakes before television cameras, and they pledged fidelity to America’s commitment to Israeli security in a tumultuous part of the world.
The reactor building at the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, is shown in August 2010, when the first fuel was loaded at the site. Iran and six world powers have been in negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capacity.