US ambassador Dan Shapiro on Sunday denied that there was
any crisis between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the Iranian issue, in an interview with Channel 2.
definitely a narrative in the media right now – I'd say an overheated one –
about tension between the US and Israel over Iran," Shapiro said, adding that this narrative does not "reflect the very close coordination and very intense
work we've done together to address an issue that we perceive the same way,
which is the importance of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
Asked why the US did not give the Iranians a clear ultimatum – stop the nuclear
program "or else" – Shapiro replied: "I think there is no mistaking what the
US is prepared to do." Shapiro said that Obama and Netanyahu, as well as their
"teams," speak regularly, and that the relationship "at the top" is "just what
it needs to be."
The US envoy denied a Yediot Ahronot report Friday of a heated
exchange with Netanyahu over the Iranian issue where "sparks flew" during a
recent meeting with visiting US Congressman Mike Rogers.
"That is a very
silly story," Shapiro said. "The published account of that meeting did not
reflect what actually occurred at the meeting. The conversations were entirely
friendly and professional, they always are. I always speak respectfully with the
prime minister, just as the prime minister always speaks respectfully with me."