President Obama, Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu Hold Press Conference

President Obama addresses American commitment to Israel's safety, sanctions against Iran.
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Transcript for President Obama, Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu Hold Press Conference
This is a special report from the ABC news now -- Good afternoon everyone and -- Cutler and New York bring -- special reports President Obama in Israel for his first trip since taking office hole in a conference. With prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu let's listen -- Close -- here in Jerusalem. -- good graciously hosted and many many times and Washington. So I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to reciprocate. I hope that the goodwill and warms. Of the people of Israel -- made you feel at home very much. We have an opportunity to today to begin discussing -- wide range of issues that are critical to both our countries. And foremost among -- -- Iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. This president -- -- made it clear that you were determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I appreciate your forthright position on this point. I also appreciate that you have noted that -- of active. To thwart mr. Both through determined diplomacy. And strong sanctions that are getting stronger yet. Withstanding our joint efforts and your great success. And mobilizing the international community. Diplomacy and sanctions so far have not stopped Iran's nuclear program. And as you know my view is that in order to stop Iran's nuclear programs peacefully. Diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by clear and credible threat of military action. In this regard Mr. President I want to thank you once again. For always making clear that Israel must be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. I deeply appreciate those words. Because they speak. To the great -- stories and that is current in the life of the Jewish people. With the rebirth of the Jewish state. The Jewish people. Only. Two generations of where once. A powerless people. Defenseless against those -- destruction. Today we have both the rights. And the capability. To defend ourselves. -- you said earlier today the essence of the State of Israel the essence of the rebirth of the Tuesday. People -- -- of the mutual agreement of the Jewish people. To be masters of our face. You know -- I think that was a wonderful and we'll cherish because it really gets -- -- the essence of what the -- -- about. That is why I know that. You appreciate that Israel -- -- receive the right to defend ourselves to others. -- even to the greatest of our friends and Israel has no better friend. In the United States of America. -- -- look forward to continued to work would do to address what is an existential threat to Israel. And a grave threat to the peace and security of the world. This president we -- to do the situation in Syria. We share the goal of seeing the stable and peaceful -- emerge. From the -- that we have witnessed over the last two years -- carnage -- already resulted in the debts of over 70000. People and the suffering of millions. We also share -- determination to prevent. The deadly arsenal of weapons within Syria from falling into -- her. And I have no doubt that the best way to to do that is to work closely with the United States and other countries in the region. To address -- Jones and that is what we intend to do. Finally Mr. President your visit gave us an opportunity to try to find a way to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. -- new government was sworn in two days ago. I know there have been questions regarding. What the policy of the new government will be towards peace with the Palestinians. So let me be clear. Israel remains fully committed. To peace. And to the solution of two stories for two peoples. We extend our hands in peace and -- friendship to the Palestinian people. I hope that you'll visit. Along with the visit of secretary of state Terri. Will focus -- patted him our relations with the Palestinians. Live -- sit down at the negotiating table. Let -- put aside all preconditions. Let us work together to achieve the historic compromise. That won't end our conflict once and for all. Let me conclude Mr. President. On a personal note. And all valuable that time. And the energy use of the American president. Of yourself. This is the tenth time that we have met. Since -- became president since I became prime minister. You've chosen Israel -- who first -- -- And -- visiting -- foreign visits in your second term. I want to thank you for the investment -- million in our relationship. And and strengthening the friendship and alliance between our two countries. It is deeply deeply appreciated. You've come here on the eve of passover. I've always considered it is our most cherished holiday. That celebrates Jewish people's passage from slavery to freedom. Through the ages it is also. Inspired people struggling for freedom. Including the -- The founding fathers of the United States. So it's a profound honor to host to the leader of the free world at this historic time in Arlington couple. Mr. President welcome to as -- Well. Thank you prime mister Netanyahu for your kind words and for your wonderful welcome here today and I want to. It's expressed special thanks. To -- as -- her two sons for. Their warmth and hospitality knew it was wonderful to see them they are. I I did inform the prime minister that -- are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. Well I could say the same your -- But our goal is to improve our gene pool from. I married women who were better than we are. -- prime minister I want to begin by congratulating you on the formation of unity government. In the United States we work hard to find agreement between our two major parties here in Israel you have to find consensus among. Many more. And few legislatures can compete with the intensity. Of the -- But. All of this reflects. The driving nature of Israel's democracy. As BB mentioned this is our tenth meeting. We spent more time together working together that I have what any leader. And the speaks of the closes the closeness of our two nations. The interest in the values that we share. And the depth and -- of the ties between our two peoples. As leaders are most solemn responsibility. Is the security of our people. That's job number one of my job as president of United States is first and foremost is to keep the American people sick. BB as prime minister your first task is to keep the people of Israel safe. And Israel's security needs are truly unique as I've seen myself in past trips I've visited. Villages near the Blue Line walked through -- -- were really homes devastated by Hezbollah rockets. I've stood in -- and met with children who simply want -- broke free from fear. And flying in today I saw again how Israel's security can be measured. In -- miles and minutes. As president I've therefore made it clear. America's commitment to the security of the State of Israel is a solemn obligation. And the security of Israel is non negotiable. Today our military and intelligence personnel cooperate more closely than ever before. We conduct more joint exercises and training than ever before. We're providing more security assistance and advanced technology to Israel than ever before. And that includes more support for the missile defenses. Like iron dome which I saw today in which -- -- so many Israeli lives. In short and I don't think this is just my opinion I think -- you would share this. America's support for Israel's security is unprecedented and the alliance between our nations has never been stronger. That's the sturdy foundation. We've built on today as we addressed. -- range -- shared challenges. As part of our long term commitment to Israel's security. The prime minister and I agreed to begin discussions on extending. Military assistance to -- -- Our current agreement lasts through 2017. And we've directed our teams to start working on extending it. For the years beyond. I'm also pleased to announce that we will take steps to ensure that there's no interruption of funding for iron -- As a result of decisions that I made last year. Is rural roots will receive approximately 200 million dollars this fiscal year and we will continue to work with congress on future funding of iron -- These are further reminders that we will help to preserve. Israel's qualitative military edge so that Israel can defend itself by itself against any threat. We also discussed the way forward to. Ocean between. Palestinians. And -- very much welcome to. -- words before -- spoke. I'll be meeting with President Abbas tomorrow won't and I will have more to say on this topic and the speech that I delivered to the Israeli people tomorrow. -- but for now let me just reiterate. That is central element do lasting peace must be a strong and secure. Jewish state. We're Israel's security concerns are met alongside a -- -- -- an independent. Palestinian. State. In this regard I note that last year was a milestone. The first year in four decades when not a single Israeli citizen lost their life because of terrorism. Emanating from the West Bank. It's a reminder that Israel has a profound interest in a strong and effective Palestinian Authority. And as the prime minister's new government begins its work. We'll continue to look for steps that. Both Israelis and Palestinians can take to build trust and confidence upon which lasting peace will depend. We also reaffirm the importance of ensuring Israel's security given the changes uncertain in the region. As the United States supports the Egyptian people on their historic transition to democracy. We continue to underscore the necessity of Egypt contributing to regional security. Preventing Hamas from rearming and upholding its peace treaty with Israel. With respect to Syria the United States continues to work with -- allies and friends. And the Syrian opposition. To hasten the end publicized -- to stop the violence against the Syrian people. And begin a transition toward a new government that respects the rights of all its people. -- -- has lost his legitimacy to lead by attacking the Syrian people with almost. Every conventional weapon in his arsenal including. Scud missiles and we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons. Against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. We also share Israel's grave concern about the transfer. Of chemical or other weapons systems to terrorists. Such as Hezbollah. That might be used against Jews -- -- Asad regime must understand that they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. And finally we continued our close consultation on Iraq. We agree that a nuclear armed Iran would be a threat to the region a threat to the world and potentially an existential threat to Israel. And we agree our goal. We do not have a policy of containment. When it comes to a nuclear Iran. For policies to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. We prefer to resolve this diplomatically. And there's still time to do so. Iran's leaders must understand -- that they have to meet their international obligations. And meanwhile the international community will continue to increase the pressure on the Iranian government. United States will continue to consult closely with -- Israel. On next steps and I will repeat all options are on the table. We will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting the world's worst weapons. A meeting none of these jones' movies. -- will demand the same courage and resolve. As those who have preceded us. On Friday -- be honored to visit to mount -- and pay tribute to leaders and soldiers who have laid down their lives for Israel. One of them was the only Netanyahu. And one of his letters home he wrote to his family. Don't forget. Strange. Justice. And staunch resolution or on our side and that is a great deal. Mr. prime minister like families across Israel you and your family -- served and sacrificed to defend your country. And pass it safe and strong -- your children just as it was passed on to you. Standing here today I can say with confidence that Israel's security is guaranteed because it has a great deal on its side. Including the unwavering support of the United States movement. First question Israel channel two he's -- -- Some residents. Matthew. About Syria Iraq -- question -- -- -- More possible. For the last two years and -- -- No we won't know the faith -- you doing anything to stop me -- When a practical level. Gives us today and also in the past that the use of chemical weapons would be a crossing government -- -- this line was crossed. Yesterday. What specifically we intend to do. All -- answer. The question in reverse order -- don't macho talk about the chemical weapons person on the larger question. With -- respect to chemical weapons. We intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. Obviously. -- -- right now you've got a war zone. You have information that's filtered out. But we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened. What was the nature of the incident. What can we document what can we prove so I've instructed my team's. To work closely. -- all the countries in the region and international organizations. And institutions. To find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed. I will note. Without at this point having all the facts before me. That. We know the Syrian government has the capacity to carry out chemical weapon attacks. We know that there are those in the Syrian government -- expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons. If necessary to protect themselves. I am deeply skeptical. Any claim that in fact there was the opposition that used chemical weapons. Everybody who knows the facts of the chemical weapons stockpiles inside of Syria as well us. The Syrian government's. Capabilities. I think would question those claims but I know that they're floating out there right now. The broader point is is that once we establish the facts. I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game -- And I won't make an announcement today about. Next steps because I think we have together the facts. But I do think that. When you start. Seeing weapons that can cause potential. Devastation and mass casualties. And you let that genie out of the model. Than. You are looking potentially add even more horrific scenes than we've already seen in Syria. And the international community. Has to act on that additional information. But. As always the case. When it comes to issues of war and peace I think having the facts before you act is very important. More broadly. As I said in my opening statement I believe -- this -- regime has lost all credibility and legitimacy. Nothing goes -- must go and I believe he will go. Is incorrect. For you say that we have done nothing. We have helped to mobilize. The isolation of the Asad regime internationally. We have supported and recognized the opposition. We have provided hundreds of millions of dollars. In support for humanitarian aid. We have. Worked diligently. We do other countries in the region to provide. Additional tools to. Move towards a political transition within within Syria. If your suggestion is that I have not -- -- unilaterally. Militarily inside of Syria. Well. -- the response has been or or my response would be that. To the extent possible I want to make sure that were working as an international community to deal with this problem. Because I think -- a world -- -- United States problem or an Israel problem or a Turkish -- It's a world problem when tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered includes putting innocent women and children. And so we will continue to work in an international framework. To try to bring about the kind of change that's necessary in Syria. Secretary Kerry. Has been working. Nonstop. Since he came in his current position. To try to help mobilize and organize. Our overall efforts and we will continue to push. Every lever that we have. To try to bring about. A resolution inside of Syria that respects. The the rights. And the safety and security of all people. Regardless. -- sectarian lines currently divide Syria last point I'll make which is probably obvious. Is this is not easy. When you start seeing a civil war that has sectarian elements to it and you've got -- repressive government that is intent on. Maintaining power and you have. And mistrust that has broken out. Along sectarian lines. -- you have an opposition that. Has not had the opportunity -- time to -- organize itself. Both politically as well as militarily. -- -- you end up seeing some of the devastation you've been six and Warren do everything we can to continue to prevent -- and I know that the vast majority of our international partners feel the same way. From the white house press -- Matt -- -- of Reuters. Thank you. There was some friendly banter between -- you -- -- tarmac today about red lines and I'm wondering how much of the serious matter that actually came in. -- talks and movie in the talks are talks to come tonight. President Obama has said it will take Iran at least a year ago the bomb. That's months longer than prime minister -- believes. Mr. President. Are you asking prime minister to be more patients to hold off for at least a year on any kind of military action against Iraq. Mr. prime minister has president Obama's words have -- convinced you. That she is putting forth in credible military threat that you have repeatedly asked for and that -- they just need to go further. Thank you. We want your. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know there are so many of these strips. Of different colors on the tarmac -- That. We reduce a joke about but obviously this matters its rulers to. Existence into something also that the president corporate the review. Strategic -- To the United States. And to the peace and security the world I am absolutely convinced the president is determined to prevent Iran from. It's. And appreciate. And I also appreciate something -- these. Which I mentioned in my opening remarks. The Jewish people have come back to their own country to be the masters -- Partnership effective. President has reaffirmed more than any other -- Israel's right. And duty to defend themselves by itself will be sending threatening to us through those. Important words in and I think -- Sums of into our common view -- long -- grave threat to Israel of grave threat. To the world nuclear. The United States is committed to do that is -- commuted to do. We have different vulnerabilities. Obviously -- different capabilities. We take that into account. But what we do -- The president. The first to do so is that Google has the right to independently defend itself against any. Including -- revealed. -- -- Is that. Our intelligence cooperation on this issue. -- comes consultation through our militaries and intelligence. Is unprecedented. And that there is not a lot of life. Lot of daylight between. Our country's assessments. In terms. Where Iran is right now. I think that would be be alluding to which has. -- -- directors. Each country has to make its own decisions when it comes to. Be awesome decision to engage in any kind of military action. And Israel is differently situated in the United States and I would not expect that the prime minister would make a decision. About his country's security. And defer that. Any other country anymore the United States would defer decisions about what was important for our national -- I have shared that would be Beers I've sent to the entire world as a -- running people and running and leaders. But I think there is time to resolve this issue diplomatic. The question is will. Iraqi leadership seize that opportunity will they walked through that door. And it would be -- Everybody's interest. Not just Israel's interest not just the United States' interest -- be in the interest of the Iranian people. If this gets resolved diplomatically. Because the truth of the matter is is that. The most. Permanent solution. To be -- -- -- situation. Is. Ultimately going to be their decision. That it is not worth it for them to pursue nuclear weapons. That we will not the lasting change if we can get that. That's good for everybody. Including wrong because it would allow them to break out of the isolation. That is hampered. -- society and their economic development for many years. But I don't know whether they're gonna -- willing to take that. Take that step. And obviously their past behavior. Indicates. -- In the world works of or play on words on -- on what Ronald Reagan said we can't trust him much let's verify. But we do -- to test. The proposition that this can be resolved diplomatically. And -- camps that I've. Repeated to -- -- said publicly that is is that we will -- all options on the table and resolve. Peer assessment. And one Israel and -- -- -- went back to Washington on Friday. What do you consider successful visit convincing the Israeli leaders that they can rely on you. On the -- needs to especially that they learned that there are differences between Israel and the United States. Concerning me which until they were -- -- for a convincing -- sides Israelis and the Palestinians. To revive the floundering negotiations. -- -- peace process moment he's. Well it's -- my main goal on this trip has been too. Have an opportunity to speak directly to the Israeli people. At a time when. Obviously what was -- -- pretty tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. And let them know -- -- got a friend the United States. That we have your back. We consider. Israel's security. Extraordinary importance to us. Not just because the bonds between our peoples but also because of our -- our own national security interest. In that context. What -- Have also sought to achieve here is. Further consultations building on what we've already discussed as BB. Has just formed a new government as I am entering my second term. That you know we continue to have close consultation. Around -- these some of these shares interest that we -- discussed. Iran being obviously a prominent. Shared concern. Now want to make sure that. The Israeli people the Israeli government consistently understand. My thinking and how I'm approaching this problem. And I want to understand. How the Israeli government and the prime minister is approaching this problems to make sure that. There are no misunderstandings -- With respect to the peace process as -- -- -- have more to say about this tomorrow. By. I think you're absolutely right right. Over the last. Year year and a half two years to -- half years. We haven't gone forward. We haven't seen the kind of progress that we would like to see. There's some. Some elements of good news in the fact of the matter is is that even with all that's been happening in the region. The Palestinian Authority as. Worked effectively. In cooperation. We have the international community in part because some of the training that we the United States provided. Two. Do its part in maintaining security in the West Bank. We have seen some progress when it comes to. Economic development. An opportunity for the Palestinian people. But the truth of the matter is trying to bring this to some sort of clear. A settlement. A solution -- Would allow. Israelis to feel. As if they've broken. Out of the current. Isolation of -- -- in this region. There would allow the incredible economic growth is taking place inside this country. To be a model for trade and commerce and development. Throughout the region at a time when all these other countries need. Technology and commerce and jobs for. They're young people. -- for Palestinians to feel. A sense. They. -- are masters of their own fate. For Israel to field. That. -- the possibilities of rockets raining down on their families. Has diminished. That kind of solution we have not yet -- and so what I wanted to do was listen. Hear from prime minister Netanyahu tomorrow have a chance to hear from. -- -- months. To get a sense from them how do basic. This process moving forward what are the possibilities and one of the constraints and how can the United States -- And I purposely did not want to come here and make some big announcement. That might not match up we have. What the realities and possibilities. On the ground are one to spend some time listening before I -- which. My mother always taught me was a good idea. And and -- hopefully all considered the successor when I go back. On Friday. I'm able to say to myself. I have a better understanding of what. The constraints are. What the interest of various parties are and how the United States can play a constructive role in in bringing about. A lasting peace in and then two states living side by side. In peace and security. Thank you Chuck Todd from NBC. Thank you Mr. President prime minister. Mr. President I'm -- follow -- love and peace process you begin your term your first -- big -- Cairo speech to talk to Muslim moral. The decision to have in Middle East envoy early you said you weren't gonna let this slip your second term -- in your second term -- mideast peace process. What went wrong wire we further away from a two state solution and -- -- wanted to talk more about this tomorrow but I'm curious to. What do you believe went wrong need to push Israel to heart what you. What you wish you would have done differently mr. prime minister I want to about my colleague over here. And the that he had which had to do with you except. The president's. Understanding that Iran is a year away. When it comes nuclear weapons and then the question -- the question I have for you couldn't. -- -- -- -- -- There's an Israeli press you Newsradio one question them in -- well. Young lady from channel one -- one question. -- -- very well where chuck got one for you. I don't muted question. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- starts today. This is not a -- question but don't hog. I -- that was my question to you what's going to see why do you believe the Israeli people -- not embrace President Obama. The same way they embraced our last you expressed thank -- So you -- to get -- polling question American. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well. Look -- opening -- your question was. That. Having failed to achieve peace in the Middle East in my first term. That I must have screwed up somehow. And that he. I will tell you I hope I'm a better president now when I first came in office but my commitment wasn't there was not to achieve a peace deal. In my first year that ever in my second year in my third of that would have been nice what I said was I was not -- to wait to start. On the issue. Until my second term because I thought it was too important and that's exactly what I did. I'm absolutely sure that there are host of things that I could've done that would have been more deft and you know would have created better optics. But ultimately. There's a really hard problem. It's been lingering for over six decades. And the parties involved. Have. Some. Profound. Interests that. You can't spin you can't. Smooth over. And it is a hard slog. To work through all of these issues. I will -- Both parties also have politics just like we do -- -- They're -- bunch of things I'd like to do back in the United States that I didn't get done in my first term. And I'm sure I could have been more down there as well but. So is just because it's hard. And people disagree. And it takes. I think a confluence. Both good. Diplomatic work. But also time and serendipity. Things falling into place at the right time the right players feeling that this is the moment. To season and and and my goal here is just to make sure that the United States is a positive force. And trying to create those opportunities. As frequently as possible and to be as clear as possible as to why we think that this is. A an important priority. Not only because. Of some. Pollyannish views about it -- we all get along and hold hands and single by. But because I actually believe that Israel's security will be enhanced. We have a resolution to this issue. I believe -- Palestinians will prosper and can channel their extraordinary energy -- and entrepreneurship. In more positive ways. Where they resolution to this issue the entire region I think will be healthier with a resolution to this issue so I'm gonna keep on making. That argument. And I will admit that. You know frankly. Sometimes be easier not to make the -- potential board -- the question. Be precisely because it's -- That's not be approached the I've tried to take them they're probably been times where what I've made statements about what I think needs to happen. The -- gets filtered. Through. To our press. It may be interpreted. In ways that. -- Israelis nervous just like. There -- folks back almost sometimes get nervous about. There is where they aren't sure exactly where I stand on things that's why I always like -- turning to talk directly to your guys. Hopefully -- shall we shall we don't live film as a -- via edited version. I -- -- I think you've got four questions to answer going to be. I think there. There's a misunderstanding about time. If Iran decides to go for nuclear weapon that is to actually manufacturer. The -- Then it probably didn't think about -- here. I think that's. They could differ about a long time but still good through the enrichment process that is to make chemical weapon you need two thirds. -- news enrich uranium. Of the critical Malcolm and you need to what. You can't have the weapon without -- -- -- but you can have we -- children and about the weapons Iran Roy knows enriching uranium could rule -- pro Soviet and hasn't. -- reached. The Red Line that I. Described in my speech. -- the UN they're getting closer. And crushed the question of manufacturing weapon isn't just different than the president said correctly that we have on these issues. A large chambers -- will be -- to put on these matters we share information. And we have a -- and assessment. We have a common sense. In any case. You -- gets. To an immunity zone. When they get through the enrichment policies and and and whatever time is left -- There's not a lot of time and every day that passes. And diminishes. But we do have a common assessment. On these schedules on intelligence. We share that intelligence we don't have. And the -- argument. I think it's important statement clearly. I think that. People should get to know President Obama the way I've gotten to know. And I think you've just heard something that is very meaningful. In May it was scared you. But it hasn't scared me. And that is the president announced. That in addition to all agree that his administration's Brevard including -- -- -- Including. Defense funding for was wrong doing very difficult times. His announce that we -- -- to begin talks. On another. Ten years process. Arrangement. To ensure. American. Military assistance to Israel I think this is very significant. I want to express my friends -- everything good. You don't and I want to thank you also for that statement you just made I think it's very very important. So I think. I think Israelis will -- news. By the unfolding events and by what is happening what is actually taking place. And for this you know there's a very simple answer to your question. The gentleman from NBC right. Well for those who need you see a second term as president and a third term as prime minister. Fixes things. All right. Thank you very much your right. President Obama and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu there showing the strength the bond between the US and Israel the president making his first overseas trip to Israel as commander in chief and holding a news conference with the prime minister their -- addressing their shared her -- in Iran. From developing a nuclear weapon in the president saying I'll repeat all options are on the table also discussed in a news conference of Palestinian peace process the prime minister saying Israel continues to welcome a two state solution for two peoples. The peace process one of the areas that the president has said that he and prime minister. Have been discussing in private. ABC's -- -- is traveling with the president sat. Mary thanks for being with us today and aids symbol President Obama and -- prime minister have lowered expectations for any major headlines today. Still though what stood out to you. Well Dan -- you mentioned that the threat of a nuclear Iran but also Syria is a big issue looming over the president's visit here. There -- reports of chemical weapons chemical weapons have been used in this conflict and the president said today that they are investigating those reports but it remains skeptical. If rebels may have used chemical weapons and -- a big issue because the president has said that any use of chemical weapons would cross a red line today he said it would be a game changer. But that he's -- confirming anything that -- are still looking into these reports he continues to say that the crisis in Syria is a world problem as he put it. But this is amenities -- dealt with by the international community and that that's why the US is not intervened. Or stepped -- to it to -- any rebels Dan. Now earlier today. I ABC had interviewed a President Shimon Peres -- said the US would need to take the lead. Any potential military strike. Against Iran that's a different language from -- we've heard from -- -- Israeli leaders. Right we've not heard this before. They actually correct. -- the Israelis continue to say that they have -- praised Obama for for the way that he has has handled this potential crisis this potential threat. But there's a clear difference here -- we just heard Netanyahu saying that they believe that the threat of military action will be necessary. For Iran said to not take take the steps to to develop a nuclear weapon now Obama continues to say the Obama administration believed. -- that sanctions can work but they continue to say that all options are on the table they will not go as far as the Israelis look like they're not going to threaten military action they continue to say that all options are on the table and there are some headlines that that that Iran could crops. But that remains a distinct difference here. And discussions continue between those two -- leaders Mary Bruce traveled with the president -- thank you for your time. Outsmart Clark is in Jerusalem and out someone to bring you into this discussion what are Israel's concerns if in fact chemical weapons were used and as this deadly conflict is -- on. I think there is absolutely right that's one of the big headlines coming out of this press conference. That was obviously the big question of room and I wish it had been posed to. A prime minister Netanyahu because earlier in the day. His intelligence minister said it was clear that chemical weapons. Had been used without going attendees are details as to how they've been detected or what sort of chemical weapons they were so. President Obama continued this cautious line that we've been hearing out of the White House that we heard today out of US ambassador to Syria Robert -- saying. We're going to really investigate this before we before -- really put out any sort of decision. He said what do what kind of documentation we have. What -- we prove. But he also did note that he was deeply skeptical. That the rebels. We're the ones with launched this chemical attack. And that of course is that the main assertion. Debts the regime of president Charlotte suddenly yesterday for the first time they alleged that the rebels -- carried out this chemical attack. Now we have to be very careful we -- talking -- -- chemical weapons a lot has been made of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal one of the biggest in the world and that's because they have some very potent very deadly stuff in -- namely. The -- and serin nerve agents as well as mustard gas right now there's no indication that those were the things that were used in this attack. Yesterday. It's and also really a lot has be cleared up and there was a lot of daylight between. What President Obama said. And what members of -- prime mr. Netanyahu's team that's it today. Eight if you look at the body language and what the language itself that was used to -- very congenial relationship between the prime minister and the president -- the president calling. Mr. -- mr. Netanyahu -- which obviously is a sign of affection and very close relationship that the two share. Despite that though. The major headlines that were brought out of their regarding the situation in Syria was there anything that was absent that didn't get addressed in that news conference. That just tear to your point about this stylistic. Headline that comes out of this you're absolutely right this was not. The behavior the the interaction that we've seen between these two men before it was very warm a continuation of always on the tarmac. Earlier at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv these men have had a very frosty relationship over the last two years. Arguably one of the coolest between. Between American president and and a -- and an Israeli prime minister in a long long time to the fact that. You've had the president calling him BB multiple times. You had the prime minister. Highlighting the fact that this was the tenth time that the two men had met you heard -- joking about. How good looking their children were how how they married above themselves so there really was. This this really that was the stylistic -- these men appear to be perfectly at ease with -- each other that they were getting along that everything was warm. I do want to hit on one thing that that Mary touched on at the very end. Prime minister Netanyahu circled back to say. To insinuate that there really -- differences in the timeline over Iran between the US and Israel's. The prime minister said that there's not a lot of time. Before Iran enters this immunity zone. And that's really something. That the Israelis have zeroed in on and that's basically because there are disparities are differences in the military capabilities between the two countries the US has a lot more time in order to to delay or stop. Iran's nuclear program through a military strike then. And Israel -- simply because it has has better capabilities so. What one of the things that they're trying to build up in this trip is trust. Israel wants to trust is the US that they will do something if it looks like Iran. Is going -- a nuclear weapon and you heard them coming renegade talking about Iran it sounds like that trust is being built but I still think there is a bit of a gap. Now one -- notes is that the Palestinian issue. Seemed almost like an after thought both men mentioned it but. They didn't really talk about any sort of progress or concrete steps that they were actually gonna make. Yet the president saying that he's come here to listen before he can talk and while he will have this meeting tomorrow. Wind -- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas there really isn't very much -- this optimism in any corner. That this peace process will move forward as a result of president Obama's trip here. All right ABC's -- -- part in Jerusalem Alex thank you we of course will continue to follow the president on his four day trip throughout that region and have updates on abcnews.com. Assistant special with the from in the ABC news now.

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