Netanyahu 'Lost His Temper,' Reprimanded U.S. Envoy Over Iran, Says Congressman

Confirming previously denied reports, U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Republican Mike Rogers said Netanyahu believes Iran is four to eight weeks away from first nuclear bomb.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers confirmed that during a meeting held in Jerusalem two weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro over U.S. President Barack Obama's policy concerning Iran.

Netanyahu's spokesman Liran Dan said in response: "As we said last week, the report is incorrect and we have nothing more to add."

The incident was reported last week in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. The report said Shapiro responded to Netanyahu's attacks politely, but decisively. Interviewing to Israel's channel 2 news a few days later, Shapiro denied any confrontation took place.

Speaking to a Michigan radio station, Rogers said Netanyahu was nervous, agitated and frustrated.

According to Rogers, Netanyahu confronted Shapiro after he suddenly lost his temper and began reprimanding Shapiro. The meeting was "very tense," Rogers said, "it was very, very clear the Israelis had lost their patience with the [Obama] Administration There was no doubt. You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had not lost their patience with this Administration."

During the interview Rogers repeatedly noted that he felt Netanyahu was very frustrated with the U.S. Administration's policy, saying that its stand in the Iranian issue is not clear enough. "I can say that there were elevated concerns on behalf of the Israelis," Rogers described, adding later that he had never witnessed such a thing before.

"We've had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and in intelligence services," Rogers said, "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."

Describing what he heard in the meeting, Rogers told how he sees Netanyahu's attitude toward the Obama Administration: "the Israeli position is, 'Hey, listen, you've got to tell us - I mean, if you want us to wait' - and that's what this Administration's been saying, you've gotta wait, you've gotta wait, you've gotta wait 'but then you've gotta tell us [the Israelis] when is the [American] red line, so we can make our own decisions about should we or shouldn't we stop this particular program."

The senior Republican congressman stressed that Netanyahu thinks that from the moment the Iranians decide to do so, it would only take four to eight weeks until they manufacture the first nuclear bomb, adding that Netanyahu does not believe Obama would attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

"Right now the Israelis don't believe that the Administration is serious when they say that all options are on the table," Rogers said, "and more importantly neither do the Iranians. That's why the program is progressing."

"At this point they're very frustrated because they don't' know what happens after the election, and their window for impacting the program they believe is starting to close."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.Credit: GPO

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott