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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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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One Response to " Netanyahu and the US envoy to Israel clash over Iran "

  1. Jerry says:

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    FIFTY YEARS ago in May, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaimed the founding of the State of Israel. Immediately, Jewish commandos in Palestine launched what Israel called its “War of Independence.” When Israel concluded an armistice with the armies of Egypt, Transjordan and Syria in 1949, more than 750,000 Palestinians had been forced to flee from their homes. They became refugees from their own country, which the Jewish Zionist armies now controlled. The founding of Israel marked the culmination of a 50-year-long campaign, waged by political Zionists, to establish a Jewish state.
    The Zionists claimed that they expressed world Jewry’s yearning for “national liberation.” Yet, if Zionism was a movement for national liberation, it was like no other. Rather than seeking to break free from imperialism, it actively courted patronage from imperialist powers. Rather than promising self-determination to the people of Palestine–the vast majority of whom were Arab–it expelled them. And rather than representing a widely popular expression of the fight against national oppression, Zionism counted as little more than a sect for most of its existence prior to the Second World War.
    No doubt all sorts of distorted history and ideological claptrap will accompany the media’s “celebration” of Israel’s 50th anniversary. This is understandable, if only because the real history of Zionism and Israel is so sordid.

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