Despite the clear disagreement between the United States and Israel on the Iranian deal, it is in Israel’s best interest to begin diplomatic talks with the US in preparation for the day after the congressional vote takes place, said the United States ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, in an interview with Israel Radio on Monday morning.
“We have to accept that there is a clear disagreement between us and maybe we won’t succeed in convincing each other,” said Shapiro.
Shapiro said that he had offered to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to start diplomatic talks with the United States regarding the potential aftermath of the Iran deal and that the prime minister still has not agreed to open the line of conversation.
“We offered the prime minister to open diplomatic talks on how we can increase our security cooperation to deal with outcome of the Iranian deal, to discuss what intelligence information we need, to come to an agreement regarding military assistance that may be needed in the next ten years, how can we stop weapons transfers to Hezbollah, what are the military needs of Israel against falling rockets. We can have these conversations all while we disagree on the Iran deal,” said the ambassador. “Until now the prime minister hasn’t agreed to have these conversations. I believe the time has come.”
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