Iran trumps Palestinians as top US-Israel issue

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Peace talks with the Palestinians dominated President Barack Obama’s meeting last year with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but will barely warrant a mention at their White House session Monday or in speeches to a powerful pro-Israeli lobby.

Iran is now the issue commanding urgent attention.

The United States, Israel and much of the world are trying to figure out how to deal with Iran and its nuclear program.

All sides say a resolution to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict is critical to Israel’s security. But the Israelis have come to believe that Iran may be on the threshold of developing atomic weapons and is the primary existential threat to the Jewish state.

Obama is speaking on Sunday at the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, a day before Netanyahu.