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September 6, 2012 4:44 pm

Rogers Confirms Heated Exchange Between Netanyahu and US Ambassador Over Iranian Threat

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro (right). Photo: wiki commons.

A meeting last month to discuss intelligence matters between the United States and Israel turned confrontational when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for what he believes to be an unsatisfactory American position on Iran’s nuclear program, according to Republican Congressman Mike Rogers who attended the sit down.

“There was no doubt. You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had not lost their patience with this Administration,” Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told WJR radio host Frank Beckmann in Michigan.

Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic first reported on this story.

When Beckmann asked Rogers if there was a shouting match between Netanyahu and Shapiro, something that had been reported in Israeli media last week, Rogers said “there were elevated concerns on behalf of the Israelis”.

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“We’ve had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and in intelligence services and other things, but nothing at that level that I’ve seen in all my time where people were clearly that agitated, clearly that worked up about a particular issue where there was a very sharp exchange,” Rogers added.

Netanyahu’s concerns were geared towards the Obama administration’s reluctance to state the White House’s “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear program, which if crossed, would call for the use of U.S. military force against Iran.  Rogers does not think the Israeli or Iranian government’s believe that President Obama will use force to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

“Certainly when you walk out of that meeting you get the feeling that they [Israel] are finally at wits’ end, and that’s what concerned me about the meeting,” Rogers told Beckmann.

After describing the potential Iranian “dash” for a nuclear weapon, which would include placing weaponized uranium onto a missile, Rogers was asked how long the Israelis believe Tehran is from being in that position.

“The Israelis believe it’s short,” he said.  “I mean, Netanyahu made it very clear he thought it was a matter of weeks. If they decide to do the dash it could be four weeks to eight weeks, which is a month or two months. Our intelligence analysts believe it would be a little longer than that. But the problem is, nobody really knows for sure. But we do know, and I think everyone agrees, including, you know, our European intelligence allies and other things that they are clearly marching down this road.”

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  • Luigi Rosolin

    USA will do nothing, till Obama will be the president!
    A man who support abortion, same sex marriage and first visit and bend over to the King of Arabia can be trust at all!

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    correction to my comment just sent: read “practise” instead of “practice”. “Practise” is the verb form.
    Sorry about that.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    Both of the above comments appear to be right somehow – from that side. From the other side, HASHEM can help too, but that depends upon us.
    Tshuva, Chesed vaRachamim, Shmiras Shabbos could have more far-reaching effects than any weapons. If only Netanyahu were the type of Nasi to propose this very emphatically to our Tzibur and practice it himself, get him to teach a bit of that to Barak.
    If someone is bent on Balagan, let him go for some Succos enternainment, like inviting Ahmadinejad, serving up something really yummy that will attract the neighbourbood big cats onto the skakh and then doing a party crash right onto the table. That will liven and loosen things up, and then everyone will claim they have a common “invador”, and a good time can be had by all…

  • SAIDI

    By the time the sleeping dog (U.S.) gets its act together, Iran will have pushed the button(s) unleashing its nuclear weapons at Israel.

    There wouldn’t be enough time for the U.S. to assist Israel, even if she chose to.

    Furthermore, the U.S. is not taking seriously Iran’s threat to place in strategic places its warships in international waters just off the U.S. coast.

    As for the “heated” exchange” and claims Israel was at its wits’ end, there comes a point in time where time is of the essence, and Iran and Israel has passed that point.

    Remember, Iran threatened Israel with innihilation and has threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

    FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED!

  • Bob

    There is no doubt in anyone’s mind in the United States that this president would not defend Israel nor is the administration worried about Iran’s nuclear power. It will not prevent Iran from obtaining its goal of wiping Israel off the face of the earth.

    • americans do not understand the iranians they lie cheat and they will do what nthey say another jurisdiction isreal should wait no more and attack and then america will be drawn in .isreal should use tactitical nuclear weapon non quom and destroy that mountain our people are in great danger

      • no thanks another holucust is on the way moderation led to the first holocust i am morally right and the talmud says he who tries to bury you will fall in himself. it is us or them them is better i am not interested in moderation i am interested in the nsurvival of isreal

    • americans do not understand the iranians they lie cheat and they will do what nthey say another jurisdiction isreal should wait no more and attack and then america will be drawn in .isreal should use tactitical nuclear weapon non quom and destroy that mountain our people are in great danger

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