Middle East expert: 'The message was pretty clear from the American side'
10:47 pm Eastern
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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday held their first face-to-face meeting to discuss, among other things, Iran's nuclear program.
"I think their ability to work together will be quite good ... but it's the focus of the meeting that's the real difference between them," said Joshua Goodman, director of research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Netanyahu's focus was on a time limit for negotiations with Iran, with the threat of military action if no agreement is reached, while Obama defended his diplomatic approach and again refused to commit to an "artificial deadline" for negotiations.
"I don't think [Netanyahu] got exactly what he was looking for," continued Goodman.
Goodman, an expert on Iranian and Persian Gulf affairs, said "the message was pretty clear from the American side."
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