TEL AVIV — As the deadline for striking an interim agreement with Iran came and went Tuesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent Wednesday urging world powers to devise a better deal.
“Now is the time for the international community to insist on a better deal,” he said in a statement.
Arguing that Iran’s statements about its intentions are disingenuous, he said, “I agree with those who have said that Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes doesn’t square with Iran’s insistence on keeping underground nuclear facilities, advanced centrifuges and a heavy water reactor.”
Netanyahu also met with US Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner in his office in Jerusalem. The two have been strong allies in trying to steer the direction of the negotiation.
Boehner’s invitation asking Netanyahu to address Congress to air those concerns ignited a firestorm of controversy after it was revealed that he did not adhere to protocol and notify the White House before contacting the prime minister.
“In this violent and unstable region, where states are imploding and fanaticism is exploding, one thing remains rock solid: our friendship, our alliance, our partnership,” Netanyahu said, dismissing the many reports that emerged both before and after his speech that Israel-US ties are in jeopardy.