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In September 2012, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.The Israeli prime minister is expected to warn US lawmakers about the alleged threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program. He has been a strong opponent of a deal between Tehran and international mediators.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called himself an emissary of all Israelis and Jews, as he was boarding a plane Sunday to deliver a long-anticipated speech in US Congress. Netanyahu is expected to warn US lawmakers about the alleged threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program. The Israeli leader has been a strong opponent of a deal between Tehran and international mediators, that would ease up pressure on Iran in exchange for guarantees that it will not develop nuclear weapons.

« I’m leaving for Washington on a fateful, even historic mission. I feel that I am an emissary of all Israel’s citizens, even those who don’t agree with me. For the entire Jewish people, » Netanyahu said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post.



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Reuters/Gary Cameron)

US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to apologize for the remarks of anonymous senior government officials, calling Israeli prime minister “chikenshit”.

Kerry and Netanyahu had a “good conversation”that included a discussion of ways to improve relations between US and Israeli leaders, American officials told the Times of Israel. The two men also discussed other regional issues, including efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“The thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is, he’s a chickenshit,” a senior Obama administration official told the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who published the quote in an article Tuesday on the“crisis in US-Israeli relations.

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states,” the anonymous source continued.

The White House and Kerry moved quickly to distance themselves from the quotes.


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