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Netanyahu: Bipartisan support for Israel 'critical'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a liberal think tank on Tuesday that he's committed to building bipartisan support in the United States for Israel, months after he fiercely opposed President Obama and many Democrats who supported the Iran nuclear deal.

The four-term prime minister said that for him, "it's vital that Israel remain an issue of bipartisan consensus" in the United States. "It's crucial," he said to applause at the Center for American Progress.

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The decision by President Obama, some Democrats and left-leaning groups to support the U.S.-led agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear weapons program drove a schism between Israel and American progressives. That schism delayed talks between the U.S. and Israel on a new defense aid agreement.

It also led to some criticism at the Center for American Progress, which was founded by former Obama administration officials, for inviting Netanyahu to speak after he publicly went against Obama on the Iran deal.

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