State Department told not to report to Israel about state of Iran negotiations
Our chickens*t little weenie of a President, Barack Obama, is having fits over the upcoming Netanyahu speech. And that means 2 things, Israel: 1. He’s using this as an opportunity to isolate you completely from any protection the US previously offered, and to stigmatize you as much as possible, and 2: You need to handle Iran on your own. We will capitulate to the mullahs.
The United States will no longer provide regular updates to the Israeli government on the status of the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran, Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
The move is the Obama administration’s response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to appear before a joint session of Congress, during which he is expected to discuss sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Channel 2 reported that the White House is incensed over the Israeli government’s conduct in recent weeks regarding the Iranian issue, believing that Jerusalem has taken a sensitive issue with implications for national security and used it for political gain while interfering in American domestic politics.
According to Channel 2, the Obama administration is also angry over Israeli officials’ distorted use of information about the progress of the Iran nuclear talks.
Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs, informed her counterparts in Jerusalem that she would no longer provide updates on the Iran nuclear negotiations due to what Washington perceives as untoward use of the information for domestic Israeli political purposes.
The administration has also instructed Susan Rice, Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, to cease communications with Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen.
The Prime Minister’s Office responded to the Channel 2 report by saying that Israel and the US continue to maintain “deep strategic relations” and that Cohen is due to fly to the US soon to take part in a conference, during which he is scheduled to meet with both Sherman and Rice.
Don’t blink, Israel. And trust me on this – the US population is still largely behind you, but the young adults not so much. O-bots blame Israel for most of the world’s problems because they cannot blame Barry, The Messiah. So do what you need to do, whatever the heck that is.
Update: Administration denies report
Washington’s policy of briefing Israel on progress in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program has not changed, senior US officials told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, despite reports to the contrary in Israeli media.
Channel 2 reported earlier in the day the US would halt its briefings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in light of his planned speech to Congress. Netanyahu is expected to criticize the state of the global diplomatic effort, which is geared towards crafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
“Conversations continue with Israel on the Iran nuclear negotiations,” one senior State Department official said. “Under Secretary [of State for Political Affairs Wendy] Sherman met with Israeli NSA Cohen and Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Planning Steinitz in Munich and will see NSA Cohen again this week.”
The official noted that the Iran talks were, “obviously,” the main topic of conversation.
“And Secretary [of State John] Kerry continues his conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu about this issue, as has always been the case,” the official continued.
The report is one of many from Israeli television that has been criticized in recent months by the White House. In January, a senior US official characterized claims the US had given in to 80 percent of Iran’s demands in the talks as “complete nonsense.”
I would love to believe the above, but I just don’t. Again, Israel needs to do what is best for Israel in order to protect Israel. Period.