U.S.-Israel differences on Iran nuclear program persist ahead of Netanyahu visit

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on March 20, 2013. Credit: Pete Souza/White House.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Iranian nuclear issue is expected to top the agenda during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming early March meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Netanyahu is angry about recent developments following the nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, including the U.S. dropping its demand that Iran halt uranium enrichment and send already-enriched uranium out of the country.

During meetings with Israeli officials over the weekend, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the head of the U.S. delegation in the talks with Iran, said Iran would be able to continue uranium enrichment, as long as it agrees to do so under supervision.

Sherman said the U.S. and Israel have the same goal—preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon—but that there are “legitimate” differences of opinion over the path to achieve that goal.

“I view with concern [the] fact that Iran believes that it will realize its plan to be a nuclear threshold state, with an enrichment capacity that it thinks cannot be touched, with the ability to develop both nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles, which it is continuing to work on unhindered,” Netanyahu said at his cabinet meeting Sunday.

Posted on February 24, 2014 .