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October 1, 2012

Romney, Obama speak with Netanyahu by phone

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President Barack Obama speaks on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House

President Barack Obama speaks on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about recent developments in the Middle East.

The conversation with Romney last Friday came about 10 minutes after Netanyahu spoke for 20 minutes with Obama.

"The Prime Minister and the Governor agreed that an Iran with nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable," Romney traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told CNN. "They also discussed recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa generally. Governor Romney reiterated his belief that the United States has no greater friend and ally in the region than Israel."

The press secretary also said that Romney and Netanyahu agreed that "the largest security threat to Israel and the entire world is a nuclear-capable Iran."

Romney met with Netanyahu when he visited Israel in the summer.

Following last Friday's conversation between Obama and Netanyahu, the White House released a statement saying that "The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President 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."

Obama and Netanyahu had addressed the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the week.

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