In meeting with Obama, Netanyahu says Israel wants peace

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 11:11 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday affirmed his commitment to a two state solution with Palestinians to achieve Middle East peace during a meeting with President Barack Obama in which the two leaders sought to smooth over differences on Iran.

Obama, who hosted Netanyahu in the Oval Office, said he looked forward to hearing from the prime minister his thoughts on how to reduce the violence with Palestinians and reiterated his position that Israel had the right to defend itself.

The two men shook hands twice. Obama said they would discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, which Netanyahu opposed.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Heavey)