“The Israelis have been given very very strong assurances about their security by the United States, and I don’t think the United States has to apologize for anything on that score,” retired General James Jones said in an interview with the Washington Times.
Jones comments underscore an increasingly public conflict between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Netanyahu has been mulling a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Washington — Tel Aviv’s strongest ally –insists for more time to allow diplomacy to work.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia — plus Germany (the P5+1 group), wrapped up their latest negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday and agreed to hold the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23, 2012. Both sides hailed the talks as successful and constructive.
Last week, Netanyahu denounced the negotiations saying Iran had been given “a freebie” because the West has not demanded that the Islamic republic suspend uranium enrichment.