House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), in Israel visiting newly reelected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, said that despite "political disagreements from time to time, the bonds between our two nations are strong."

Speaking to the media with Netanyahu ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem, the two leaders sought to emphasize that amid threats to Israel and the United States in the Middle East, the relationship between the two countries is unwavering.

"One thing remains rock solid: our friendship, our alliance, our partnership," said Netanyahu. His office posted video of the remarks online.

Neither man mentioned the Obama administration's ongoing efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu has voiced opposition to such a deal. So have Boehner and many Republicans. Negotiators were scrambling to try to reach an agreement Wednesday as they blew past a self-imposed Tuesday deadline.

Before his meeting with Boehner, Netanyahu said in a televised statement that "now is the time for the international community to insist on a better deal," according to Reuters.

Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint meeting of Congress earlier this year, just weeks before the prime minister faced reelection. The visit was seen as a show of defiance against President Obama, whose relationship with Netanyahu has become tense.

Boehner congratulated Netanyahu Wednesday on his reelection, and reflected on his Middle East travels in recent days.

"Regardless of where in the Middle East we've been, the message has been the same: you can't continue to turn your eye away from the threats that face all of us," said the speaker.