National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the latest US administration official to attack Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, sharply called his forthcoming speech on Iran to Congress “destructive to the relationship between the two countries." In an interview with Charlie Rose Tuesday night, she said: "What has happened over the last several weeks by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu two weeks before his elections is that on both sides there have been injected some degree of partisanship.
"It is not only unfortunate but it is also destructive of the fabric of the relationship. It has always been bipartisan and we want to keep it that way. When it becomes injected with politics, that's a problem.”
Earlier, Secretary of State John Kerry said in reference to the prime minister: “…anybody running around right now jumping in to say, ‘Well we don’t like the deal,’ or this, or that, doesn’t know what the deal is.”
He was responding to Netanyahu’s remarks: "This agreement, if signed, will allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state – meaning that, with the powers' consent, Iran will get a license to develop atom bombs – and this is a country which openly declares its intention to destroy the state of Israel. That is why I will go to Washington to speak before the US Congress, because the US Congress may be the last defense before it is signed.”