Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu ‘At Wit’s End’ with US Stance on Iran

US lawmaker Mike Rogers confirms reports that Netanyahu, US ambassador had heated argument over Iran.
First Publish: 9/7/2012, 10:37 AM

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was “at wit’s end” over the United States approach to Iran in a recent meeting with the U.S. ambassador, Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich) has confirmed. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro had denied earlier reports of a heated argument with Netanyahu.

“It was very, very clear that the Israelis had lost their patience with the administration,” Rogers said, as reported by the Washington Post.

The U.S. State Department did not comment on Rogers’ confirmation of his earlier account of the August 24 argument, other than to say that America’s relationship with Israel remains strong.

Netanyahu reportedly grew extremely upset over U.S. “stalling” on Iran’s nuclear program. “Instead of effectively pressuring Iran, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack its nuclear facilities,” he allegedly accused.

“We’ve had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and other things, in intelligence services and other things, but nothing at that level that I’ve seen in all my time where people were clearly that agitated, clearly that worked up about a particular issue,” Rogers said.

Both Israeli and U.S. leaders have stated that all options are on the table when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capability. However, Israeli leaders have expressed more urgent concern, warning repeatedly that time is running out and a decision must be made in the upcoming months.