Obama meets Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss Iran
Peres made the comments while speaking beside U.S. President Barack Obama in Jerusalem. Obama made his first trip to Israel since becoming president. He has promised to aid in protecting Israel from a variety of threats, according to the New York Times.
The United States has pledged to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, but has adopted a policy favoring a diplomatic solution to the deadlock. Israel has repeatedly warned that the window to act is closing rapidly, according to TheProvince.com.
Obama also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who greeted the president after he stepped out of Air Force One in Tel Aviv. At a news conference, the pair attempted to project a united front, despite past differences of opinion on major issues.
Netanyahu agreed with Obama's assessment that Iran could produce a nuclear device in approximately a year, which is longer than his previous timetable, according to the New York Times.
The U.S. leader also took the opportunity to display a hardened resolve against the prospect of Syria using chemical weapons in its civil war, a prospect feared by Israel.