Leaked cables have landed the Israeli Prime Minister in hot water.
Media reports that the leader was at odds with his own secret service over Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb during a speech at the UN in 2012 have been dismissed as a ‘discrepancy’ by an Israeli official, an opinion shared by Israeli security analyst Yossi Melman.
“There is nothing to suggest in the document that there was a wedge between what the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said and what the Israeli intelligence community estimated,” explained Melman. “There is a difference in the interpretation and the ramifications of the details and the facts in the progress of Iran’s nuclear program, and therefore I think the impression that Al Jazeera tried to create that there was a wedge is completely wrong.”
The revelations appeared ahead of the Israeli leader’s visit to Washington, which comes as the US and Iran edge towards an historic compromise on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
In the Iranian capital there is optimism that the tensions that have strained relations will be overcome, this resident says he wants peace with America, but adds that “it should be a peace against Israel, against Saudi Arabia and against the interests of those who created the Islamic State group.”
A comprehensive deal, which appears within reach, could thaw 35 years of tension between America and Iran.