'Two-thirds of Americans back Israel's position on Iran deal,' Netanyahu says

"Having the support of US public opinion will manifest not just this year but in the years to come," premier told Likudniks.

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September 9, 2015 09:28
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his public campaigning against the Iran nuclear deal.

According to Army Radio, the premier told a closed-door gathering of fellow members of his ruling Likud party that two-thirds of Americans support Israel's position against the Iran nuclear agreement.

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"We are waging a very huge struggle," Netanyahu said. "This struggle has led to a situation where two-thirds of American public opinion is with us."

"It's very important for us because these are a dynamic set of circumstances," the premier said. "Having the support of US public opinion will manifest not just this year but in the years to come."

Despite the Obama administration ensuring itself of gaining Congressional passage of the Iran nuclear agreement, Netanyahu refuses to let up on publicly criticizing the deal, a tactic that some in Israel find objectionable.

Former Mossad director Meir Dagan criticized the government’s handling of the Iranian nuclear threat on Monday, suggesting that Netanyahu is alienating Israel from the United States and President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the Terrorism’s Global Impact summit in Herzliya, which was organized by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Dagan said that “it was a strategic decision by Israel to adopt a policy against the United States,” but “the problem is Iran, not President Obama.”

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He stated that he is “truly sorry to see this conflict reaching places that I think are against the interest of Israel and against the interests of the United States.”

Dagan has been a frequent critic of Netanyahu and has publicly voiced disagreement with his approach to the Iranian nuclear threat, since finishing his term as Mossad chief in 2011.

“I have to admit I’m not representing the State of Israel and I’m not sharing the point of view of my prime minister, to be honest.

It’s not a secret,” he said. “But I think this long approach against the United States – it’s time to end.”

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