9/7/12 CNN Interview – Israeli Ambassador Oren on Iran
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Israel-U.S. heated exchange over Iran: “It was candid, substantive…
this is the way friends talk to one another,” says Israeli ambassador
Whether you were watching the Republican or Democrat conventions during the last two weeks, America’s commitment to Israel was a major issue. Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney accused the Obama administration of throwing Israel under the bus.
Democrats were criticized for removing language supporting Jerusalem being the capital of Israel in their party’s platform. The Democratic National Convention later reinstated the language and President Obama addressed the U.S. commitment to Israel during his speech to the convention.
“Our commitment to Israel’s security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace,” said President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.
The Obama administration has often said that both nations are on the same page on Iran, but behind the scenes Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) said there is tension between the two countries.
In a radio interview with Detroit radio station WJR, Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee said at an August 24 intelligence cooperation session in Israel that there was a heated exchange between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro.
Rogers said Netanyahu does not believe the Obama administration will take actions against Iran in order to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu is losing patience with what he sees as uncertainty coming from the U.S. on the Iranian nuclear threat.
Shapiro dismissed the account and told reporters the meeting was ‘friendly and professional.’
Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. was at the same meeting with Rep. Rogers and Ambassador Shapiro and he is OutFront tonight.
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