“Ultimately, Iran is deterrable, and it is deterrable not just because of Israel's superior military and intelligence capabilities but also because you got a really strong ally in the United States of America,” Obama stated.
The President noted that the Israeli people are right to remain cautious of Iran, but stressed that the United States has to make sure that Israel has the capability to protect itself not only from Iran, but also its proxies like Hezbollah.
The President also underlined that his administration has been steadfast in the defense of Israel, and has had as much or greater military and intelligence cooperation with Jerusalem than any previous administration.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries agreed to a framework for a nuclear agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2 that aims to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon for at least ten years, according to the US State Department.
Last week, Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation that a deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel.
On Friday, Netanyahu said Israel’s ministers unanimously opposed the April 2 framework agreement with Iran.