Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

Mar 04, 2014, 2:01 AM EST
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) sits with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks. In a White House meeting overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders avoided any direct clash during a brief press appearance but were unable to paper over differences on a pair of sensitive diplomatic drives that have stoked tensions between them.
Background:
At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy [Reuters]
Obama: Netanyahu must make 'tough decisions' [BBC]