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Obama, Netanyahu talk after Israel's raids on Syria

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President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu Wednesday on regional security issues and Middle East peace, the White House said in a terse read-out of the conversation.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to continue “close coordination” on a “range of security issues” but did not say whether they discussed airstrikes Israel launched on Syrian targets over the weekend.

SEE RELATED: Israeli airstrikes on Syria put Obama at the crossroads

On Sunday, Israel launched an airstrike on an arms depot in the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed at least 43 Syrian soldiers. Israel reportedy was worried that Iran was using Syria to try to ship some high-tech weapons to Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon who could use them to strike Tel Aviv.

On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney defended Israel’s right to “take action” to protect itself.

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