Obama Congratulates Israeli Leader Netanyahu

(AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
President Obama today placed a call to congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who was sworn in yesterday.

According to the White House, the president "reaffirmed the United States' steadfast commitment to Israel and its security" during the call. He also said he was looking forward to working closely with Netanyahu on dealing with Iran and working toward Arab-Israeli peace.

The president fit the call in during his busy day in London, where he is meeting with world leaders in advance of the G20 summit.

Netanyahu, who is more conservative than predecessor Ehud Olmert, has pledged to work towards peace with the Palestinians, though he has not unequivocally backed the notion of a Palestinian state.

His hard-line foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, today said concessions to Palestinians "only bring pressure and more wars."


Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App