Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for providing military aid, and says no matter the disagreements within the Jewish community, unity is ''paramount.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a conference of the Jewish Federation of North America in Washington on Tuesday -- an opportunity he used to thank the United States for its continuing support of Israel. "No matter what disagreements there are between Israel and the United States, Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel," he told the Jewish think tank. "No matter what disagreements there have been within the Jewish community, maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance," he added. His remarks come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured U.S. President Barack Obama that he remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as they sought to mend ties strained by acrimony over Middle East diplomacy and Iran. Israel, Washington's chief Middle East ally, is seeking a record $5 billion a year in military aid, according to U.S. congressional sources. A senior Israeli official confirmed that figure and said a U.S. delegation would visit Israel next month to discuss details of an aid package. Obama and Netanyahu, who have a history of testy White House encounters, showed no outward sign of tension, looking cordial and businesslike as they held their first face-to-face talks in 13 months. Netanyahu also used Tuesday's event to thank Obama and the United States for it's financial support in defense.