A US congressman has confirmed reports that the Israeli prime minister and the US envoy to Tel Aviv engaged in a row over Iran’s nuclear energy program during a meeting in August.
In a recent interview with Michigan Radio, Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, confirmed reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro quarreled over Iran during the meeting in Jerusalem.
Rogers also attended the controversial meeting.
The reports said Netanyahu started the session by censuring Washington’s preference for diplomatic channels between the US and Iran.
“Instead of pressuring Iran effectively, Obama and his officials are pressuring us not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,” Netanyahu stated, adding, “Time has run out.”
In response, Shapiro accused the Israeli premier of distorting Obama’s stance.
Following the meeting, however, the White House immediately denied the reports and Shapiro dismissed them too.
Rogers said the high-level confrontation was unprecedented, adding that Israeli leaders are “at wits’ end” over US President Barack Obama’s stance toward Iran.
According to earlier reports, a source who participated at the August meeting described Netanyahu as extremely irate and stressed during the session.
Israel has recently carried out a number of war games and drills as Tel Aviv steps up its war rhetoric against Iran under the pretext that Iran’s nuclear energy program includes a military component.
Iran has refuted the allegations maintaining that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to develop and acquire the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any act of aggression against the Islamic Republic.
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