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Obama Calls Gaping Disagreement With Netanyahu on Iran Nuke Deal "Narrow"

Speaking from the White House Monday, President Obama said his disagreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear deal is a "narrow" one. 

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To call the disagreement between the two world leaders "narrow" is delusional and completely void of fact. Here's how President Obama described the deal in July: 

"Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not -- a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Obama said. "Put simply, no deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East. Moreover, we give nothing up by testing whether or not this problem can be solved peacefully....I am confident that this deal will meet the national security interest of the United States and our allies. So I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal."

And here's how Netanyahu responded to the deal this summer and at the United Nations last month.

"The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday. The leading international powers have bet our collective future on a deal with the foremost sponsor of international terrorism. They've gambled that in ten years' time, Iran's terrorist regime will change while removing any incentive for it to do so. In fact, the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change," Netanyahu said at the time. "In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran, the terrorist regime in Tehran, with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel Iran's terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel, which are ongoing. The bottom line of this very bad deal is exactly what Iran's President Rouhani said today: The international community is removing the sanctions and Iran is keeping its nuclear program. By not dismantling Iran's nuclear program, in a decade this deal will give an unreformed, unrepentant and far richer terrorist regime the capacity to produce many nuclear bombs, in fact an entire nuclear arsenal with the means to deliver it. What a stunning historic mistake! Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran and Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction."

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The disagreement is anything but narrow? The disagreements over the deal couldn't be any further apart. While Obama touts the "international community" agreement on the deal, Netanyahu argues his country isn't bound by its words and neither is Iran. While Obama claims the deal stops Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, Netanyahu cites evidence proving that assertion isn't true. 

Netanyahu is meeting with President Obama at the White House today. There are a number of topics on the agenda for discussion, including the Iranian nuclear deal, ongoing Palestinian terror, global terrorism, U.S. military support for Israel and more.

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