Report: PM Accused of Trying to Muzzle Mossad

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried to scuttle a January briefing for U.S. senators by Mossad which warned that a new Iran sanctions bill in Congress could harm negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, according to a Time Magazine report.

The report, citing unnamed sources “familiar with the events,” said that Netanyahu deleted the Mossad meeting from the itinerary of a delegation led by the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker. But the meeting was reinstated after Corker threatened to cut his trip short otherwise.

According to Bloomberg, Israeli intelligence agents have been briefing Obama administration officials and U.S. senators about their concerns, specifically with regard to a bill authored by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menendez. The proposed legislation would increase sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement isn’t struck by June 30, or if Tehran fails to uphold its end of the deal.