German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks after receiving the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres during a special ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on February 25, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON)
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The leaders of Israel and Germany acknowledged Tuesday they don't see eye to eye on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program as negotiations between Tehran and world powers proceed.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.Merkel said the current situation was not ideal, but that it was preferred over allowing Iran to continue to charge forward with its program unchecked.Israel views Iran's nuclear program as an existential threat, citing Iran's repeated calls for Israel's destruction, its long-range missile program and its support for violent anti-Israel groups like the Hezbollah in Lebanon.Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
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