- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2015

As the U.S. and its allies pursue a final nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama promised Thursday that as negotiations continue he’ll consult closely with Israel, despite the Israeli government’s deep reservations about the current path toward an agreement with Tehran.

In a statement congratulating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for forming a new government, the White House emphasized its close relationship with Israel, which has been strained in recent months over deep divisions about how best to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Mr. Obama said he wants to continue working with Israel on that issue and on efforts to establish a Palestinian state.

“The United States places great importance on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “We also look forward to continuing consultations on a range of regional issues, including international negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and the importance of pursuing a two-state solution.”

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