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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin called for the United States to draw a "red line" against Iran to prevent the country from getting a nuclear weapon; an "existential" issue for him.

"Once the Iranians understand that there's a line that they can't cross, they're not likely to cross it," he told David Gregory on Meet the Press.

Iran, Netanyahu argued, is guided by "unbelievable fanaticism," likening the Tehran government to the protesters who stormed U.S. embassies across the Middle East this week.

"It's the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?"

In addition to the rising tension between Israel and Iran, the turmoil across the Middle East continues to dominate the administration’s focus. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said this morning that they "can't predict with any certainty" when the protests across the Middle East would end because it is "a spontaneous reaction to a video."

As for questions to whether there was a breakdown or failure of U.S. intelligence gathering that could have prevented or given fair warning to the raids, Rice said that there was “no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack on our facility in Benghazi was imminent.”

“We did have indications that there was the risk that the video might spark some protests” in Cairo, she said.

Rice also responded to criticism from the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the administration’s response to the turmoil. He has said that the U.S. should not “apologize” for American values.  Rice called that criticism “vacuous.”

“I think the American people, and certainly our diplomats and development experts who are putting their lives on the line around the world every day, expect from our leadership unity in times of challenge,” Rice said. 

Make sure to watch the entire program on our website, to hear more from our guests including a special roundtable the dealt with the question of American leadership in the world and whether or not it's declining.

Also make sure to watch our PRESS Pass interview with Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the presidents fiscal commission and thought leaders on how to handle the country's economic future. 

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