“An Israeli report claims the US administration has stopped updating Israel about developments in nuclear negotiations between world power and Iran, allegedly in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation by Republicans to address Congress on the issue.
“According to the report by Israel’s Channel 2, US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, who is involved in the talks has announced she will no longer be updating Israelis about the talks. Susan Rice, US President Obama’s National Security Advisor, has also reportedly announced she is cutting ties with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, who serves as Netanyahu’s National Security Advisor.
“The White House denied the allegations in the Channel 2 report, saying they were “patently false. National Security Advisor Rice maintains regular contact with her Israeli counterpart National Security Advisor Cohen on the full range of issues of mutual concern to our nation, and will in fact meet with him later this week at the White House.”
“The State Department also denied any breakdown in communication between the Obama administration and Israel on the sensitive negotiations with Iran. “Secretary Kerry continues his conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu about his issue, as has always been the case.
“US House Speaker John Boehner says the White House might have tried to squash his plan to have Israeli prime minister speak to Congress if it had gotten wind of the invitation. That helps explain why Boehner made the offer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without letting the White House know in advance. Netanyahu’s speech is set for March 3.
“Some democrats plan to skip it because they consider it a divisive stunt and a breach of protocol that suggests the US is taking sides in coming Israeli elections. Boehner was asked by “Fox News Sunday” why he told Israel’s ambassador to the United States not to mention the invitation to the White House in advance. Boehner says he “wanted to make sure there was no interference.”
““There’s a serious threat facing the world,” he told Fox News. “And I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu is the perfect person to deliver the message of how serious that threat is.”
John McCain told Newslo: “Obama should have shared every bit of information regarding the Iran nuclear talks with Israel. Now, I won’t comment on what our President is doing at the moment; after all, he is Israel’s best friend when it comes to foreign policy and matters of national security….after Ahmadinejad, that is. I can only say I hope the tradition of trust between our two great countries will only grow stronger after GOP’s victory in 2016.”