As allies closely monitor Iran's movements toward becoming a member of the nuclear club, President Obama assured Israel's leader on Monday that the United States "will always have Israel's back" even while pursuing a "window that allows for a diplomatic resolution."
Meeting at the White House a day after Obama addressed the nation's top Israel lobby, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the two agreed that diplomacy is the best route for now although Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that his nation reserves the right to defend itself.
While the prime minister offered gratitude, he insisted Israel will be the "master of its fate."
"Israel must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself, against any threat," Netanyahu said, echoing the president's remarks to Sunday's annual conference.
"When it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right -- a sovereign right to make its own decisions. I believe that's why you appreciate, Mr. President, that Israel must reserve the right to defend itself. And after all, that's the very purpose of the Jewish state: to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny," Netanyahu said.
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