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Obama says he shares Israel’s security concerns

During his address on the Iran deal, Obama says that he “shares” Israel’s fears and that he will continue to make unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security.

“We share the concerns expressed by many of our friends in the Middle East including Israel and the Gulf States about Iran’s support for terrorism and its use of proxies to destabilize the region,” Obama says.

“We will continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security, efforts that go beyond what any American administration has done before. And we continue the work we began at Camp David to elevate our partnership with the Gulf states to strengthen their capabilities to counter threats from Iran or terrorist groups like ISIL,” he says, referring to the Islamic State terror group.

“However we must continue to test whether this region, which has had so much suffering, so much bloodshed, can move in a different direction,” he concludes, adding that “Iran with a nuclear weapon will be far more destabilizing and far more dangerous to our friends and to the world.”

Obama’s comments on Israel start at 10:25

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