President Obama said on Monday, "My debate with the Prime Minister is a distraction but would not be permanently destructive to the relationship between US and Israel.
In an interview on the eve of Binyamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, Obama acknowledged that the two leaders had a “substantial disagreement” over Iran. Any deal he would agree to, Obama said, would require Iran to freeze its nuclear program at least a decade.
”This is not a personal issue.” “I think that it is important for every country in its relationship with the United States to recognize that the US has a process of making policy.”
Obama needled Netanyahu for making unfounded assertions about the dangers of a preliminary agreement struck with Iran that paved the way for the current talks.
”Netanyahu made all sorts of claims — this was going to be a terrible deal, this was going to result in Iran getting $50 billion worth of relief, Iran would not abide by the agreement,” Mr. Obama said. “None of that has come true.”
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a warning: He said, "The United States has been providing our Israeli allies regular, detailed, classified briefings; the release of that information would betray the trust between our allies." His comments cleared referred to the Netanyahu speech to Congress Tuesday 6 o’clock pm IST.