President Barack H. Obama has asked Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to “take a breather” from his “clamorous criticism” of an interim deal with Iran over its nuclear program while the United States starts talks on a comprehensive pact, the Washington Post reported.
Obama and Netanyahu spoke on the phone Sunday, in a conversation meant to calm the prime minister’s concerns about the “first stage” deal between Tehran and the P5+1 countries – the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
“A wild card in these negotiations is Israel,” Post columnist David Ignatius wrote Wednesday about the next stage of the talks with Iran.
“Obama has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take a breather from his clamorous criticism and send to Washington a team that can explore with U.S. officials a sound end-state strategy. Perhaps the United States and Israel need a back channel, outside the bombastic pressure campaign by Israeli advocates.”
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