Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin appeared to be chiding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday for pursuing his Iran policy even at the expense of the U.S.-Israel alliance.
Rivlin’s comment came on a day that Netanyahu denounced an emerging Iran accord and vowed to do everything possible to prevent it.
“The major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement that will enable Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, which will endanger the existence of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
“We will do everything and take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement that will place a heavy cloud over the future of the state of Israel and its security,” Netanyahu said.
Rivlin meanwhile told a gathering of the heads of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic missions in North America that “we cannot allow disagreements regarding the Iranian nuclear issue to damage relations between the countries,” said Rivlin, referring to the rift over Netanyahu’s planned address concerning Iran to a joint session of Congress.
Zionist Camp Chairman Isaac Herzog put it more bluntly in a speech to 1,000 students at a convention for the Citizens’ Empowerment Center and the Education Ministry: “Netanyahu has entered a direct confrontation with the American president,” he said.