President Barack Obama's
national security adviser Susan Rice played host to a series of
meetings with Israeli officials last week to try to gain their
support for an interim deal with Iran aimed at containing
Tehran's nuclear program.
The meetings, announced in a White House statement on
Sunday, arose from talks between President Barack Obama and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month as the
United States tried to persuade a skeptical Israel to support
the Iran deal.
Israel doubts whether Iran will actually give up a nuclear
program that the West believes is aimed at developing a nuclear
The interim deal, achieved in Geneva last month between Iran
and major world powers, halts Iran's nuclear program in exchange
for modest sanctions relief. Over the next six months the
parties are to attempt to negotiate a comprehensive solution to
Iran's nuclear challenge.