President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shown during a welcoming ceremony upon Obama's arrival at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv in March 2013.
JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli official says Jerusalem and Washington are on the same page regarding the need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
His comments came Saturday night after President Barack Obama told The Associated Press that Iran is at least a year away from the bomb, a U.S. intelligence assessment that differs from Israel's shorter timetable.
Israel contends Tehran is on a faster course and is just months away from a nuclear bomb.
The official in Netanyahu's office says Obama and Netanyahu "see eye to eye on the need to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons."
He explains that "The critical time that the prime minister refers to is not the time for completing production of a nuclear bomb but rather the time needed for Iran to complete enriching uranium, which is the most important component in preparing a nuclear weapon." The official goes on to say "If Iran decides to complete enriching uranium it can do so within a few weeks of the start day."
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not allowed to discuss the issue with the media.
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