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Israel and key ally Germany disagree over Iran nuclear negotiations

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    Israel's President Shimon Peres kisses German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives to receive the Presidential Medal ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem,Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Presidential Medal is the highest civil medal given by the State of Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit2 (The Associated Press)

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    Israel's President Shimon Peres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, after she received the Presidential Medal of Distinction during a ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem,Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.The Presidential Medal is the highest civil medal given by the State of Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (The Associated Press)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks after she received the Presidential Medal of Distinction during a ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem,Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.The Presidential Medal is the highest civil medal given by the State of Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (The Associated Press)

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    Israel's President Shimon Peres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the Presidential Medal ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem,Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Presidential Medal is the highest civil medal given by the State of Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit2 (The Associated Press)

The Israeli and German leaders are acknowledging they don't see eye to eye over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes dismantling the program is the best way to prevent Iran from developing an atomic bomb. The six world powers negotiating with Tehran, including Germany, have demanded significant cuts in its nuclear program to slow any push for a weapon.

Netanyahu said allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium is "a mistake." He made the comments at a press conference Tuesday with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key ally. Merkel said continued enrichment was not ideal but allowed for negotiations meant to roll back Iran's nuclear program.

Israel sees Iran's nuclear program as a threat. Iran insists the program is for peaceful purposes.