Obama Netanyahu - Reuters - March 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive at the White House at 10:45 A.M. for a meeting with United States President Barack Obama. The two are expected to hold a one-on-one talk that should last approximately two hours, regarding the differences between Israel and the United States over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Obama comes in the wake of a media storm over the possibility of a war against Iran. On Monday morning, a full-page ad in the Washington Post featured 10 former U.S. generals, each of whom calls on Obama to avoid a “war of choice with Iran.” The generals called on Obama to act toward stopping Iran’s nuclear plan by use of economic sanctions and political pressure in order to isolate the regime in Tehran.    

Netanyahu is also set to speak in front of the AIPAC conference on Monday. The final wording of the speech will be determined only after the meeting with Obama, and will deal primarily with Iran’s nuclear plan.

LIVE BLOGGING (Eastern Standard Time):

11:17 - Netanyahu: Israel must be able to defend itself, "by itself," against any possible threat (Barak Ravid)

11:17 - Netanyahu: U.S. and Israel must stand together on Iran issue (Barak Ravid)

11:15 - Obama: The U.S. will always have Israel's back (Barak Ravid)

11:14 - Obama: It is in the U.S. best interests to prevent a nuclear Iran (Barak Ravid)

11:13 - Obama: Bond between Israel and US is unbreakable. My commitment to Israel's security is rock solid (Barak Ravid)

11:13 - Obama: Our ally Israel is an island of democracy in the region (Barak Ravid)

11:11 - Obama: It is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons (Barak Ravid)

11:07 - Netanyahu: According to Iran, U.S. is "Great Satan," and Israel is "Little Satan" (Barak Ravid)

10:52 - Netanyahu arrives at the white house for his meeting with Obama (Haaretz)