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July 14, 2015 4:19 pm

US Official Dismisses Israeli Concerns Over Iran Deal : No One Takes Netanyahu Seriously

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Senior American officials have discounted the Israeli Prime Minister's comments on the Iran deal. PHOTO: Reuters.

Senior American officials have discounted the Israeli Prime Minister’s comments on the Iran deal. PHOTO: Reuters.

A senior U.S. official dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s stated concerns over the Iran nuclear deal announced on Tuesday, claiming that nobody pays attention to the PM anyway, Israeli Channel 2 news reported.

“Nobody takes any of Netanyahu’s proclamations seriously,” the official said, “nobody listens to him.”

During an interview with MSNBC later in the day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also responded to Netanyahu’s criticism of the deal.

Asked in the interview what he thought of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reference to the deal as a “historic mistake,” Kerry responded, “Well, he said the same thing about the interim agreement, and he was wrong.”

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Kerry described the prime minister’s comments as “way over the top.”

“He doesn’t even know what the concessions are that we have not engaged in,” he said, “because we haven’t made concessions.”

Despite Kerry’s harsh words for the Israeli prime minister, the Obama administration has started efforts to allay Israeli fears: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will visit Israel next week to discuss the Iran deal and strengthening security ties.

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  • Laura

    So they take the Israeli opposition, who side with Netanyahu, seriously? Do they take the Iranian mullahs and Rafsanjanhi, who call frequently for the destruction of Israel, seriously? Or do they only take themselves – so sanctimoniously certain of the precision of virtue – seriously? Great ally, America.

  • Elliot Altman

    I seriously question whether Kerry’s IQ reaches 70. He is really clueless. As far as the unnamed Senior US Official’s comments on Netanyahu is concerned, who can take HIM seriously.

    • Mark

      That is seriously unfair. Kerry’s email is at least 98, which makes him average. IQ has nothing to do with common sense or humility, both of which he and his boss lack. (And by Kerry’s boss, I’m not referring to his wife.)

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