As the US and Israel apparently diverge, the Israeli foreign minister says Washington and Tel Aviv share a full understanding on strategic issues including Iran.
Avigdor Lieberman, at a Thursday meeting of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce in Tel Aviv, pointed to the recent meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week.
The meeting showed that “Israel and the US share an understanding on strategic goals, first and foremost dismantling Iran from the ability to attain non-conventional arms,” Lieberman said.
“Their methods may differ, but there is agreement on the goals. The argument is tactical,” he added, negating reports that the meeting ended in a rift.
Obama and Netanyahu met at the White House on Monday to discuss the Israel-Palestinian conflict and to touch upon Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu, after his meeting with Obama declared that he had “reached a great understanding on Iran” with the US president.
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The two sides had reportedly agreed on the formation of a high-level working group, focusing on Iran’s nuclear program and the US outreach to Tehran.
However, the two sides seemingly took different roads on a possible Israeli solo attack on Iran, should diplomacy face a deadlock.
According to Israeli Radio, Netanyahu refrained from promising President Obama that he will not attack Iran, arguing that Israel reserved the right to take action against Iran.
Israel, the Middle East’s sole possessor of nuclear warheads, has repeatedly threatened to militarily attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails to achieve the results sought by Washington and Tel Aviv.
The US has refused to give Tel Aviv the green light for an independent attack on Iran.
The new US administration says it wants to diplomatically engage Iran, mend ties and resolve the country’s disputed nuclear program.
While the West, spearheaded by the US and Israel, accuses Iran of developing a military nuclear program, Tehran says it only seeks the civilian applications of the technology.
Iran says it favors talks over its nuclear work, but has called for logical negotiations without any preconditions.
Iran also calls on the US to demonstrate real change rather than just a change of tone in dealings with Iran.
Lieberman, however, has hinted that a war on Iran is in the offing and that the US always bows to Israeli demands.
“Believe me, America accepts all our decisions,” the Israeli diplomat said in April in his first interview on foreign policy.