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September 28, 2012

Obama + Netanyahu talk as GOP slams Obama for not meeting face to face

President Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today as part of what the White House says are "regular consultations."

The talk comes a day after Netanyahu appeared at the United Nations and called for action to block Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and as Republicans blast Obama for not meeting with Netanyahu at the United Nations.

The White House, which noted that Netanyahu had met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Obama and Netanyahu "discussed a range of security issues" and that Obama "reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.

"The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," the White House said, adding that Netanyahu "welcomed President Obama's commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal."

The call comes as the Republican Jewish Coalition today released the latest in what it says is a series of print ads that criticize Obama. This one, "The View," dings Obama for his decision to appear on the talk show while "refusing" to meet with Netanyahu. The RJC ad calls this decision and other foreign policy "missteps part of a pattern of 'Jimmy Carter-style foreign policy.' "

The ad will run next week in 11 Jewish newspapers as full-page ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada.

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