Biden, Bennett hold first meeting

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have met for the first time since becoming leaders of their countries.

The meeting took place in Washington on Friday.

The two leaders searched for common ground to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. However, they are split on their approach.

Biden said his administration is putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes them. But if diplomacy fails, they are ready to turn to other options.

Bennett said Iran is the world's number one exporter of terror, instability, and human rights violations. He said the Iranians are, right now, spinning their centrifuges in Natanz and Fordow and must be stopped.

Bennett wants Biden to take a more hardline approach. Former US President Donald Trump placed sanctions on Tehran and pulled out of a deal to monitor Iran's nuclear program. Biden wants to revive the deal.

The two leaders remain apart on other matters as well. Biden said he wants to help advance peace and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians. Bennett has reiterated that he is against a Palestinian state. He has also said he plans to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank.