Israeli Officials Warned Not to Comments on US-Iran Talks

Netanyahu Wants All Comments Cleared Through Him

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has sent a message to all embassies and consulates across the world, warning all Israeli officials not to publicly comment on the possibility of direct US-Iran negotiations.

“We remind that the PM asked that all requests for interviews in the matter require his approval,” the message added at the end, underline the words “require his approval” for emphasis.

In comments earlier this week Netanyahu denied any knowledge of potential US-Iran talks, but was also very critical of the idea on general principle, saying that the real “diplomatic way” to halt Iran’s nuclear program was a military attack.

The Obama Administration has repeatedly publicly denied that such talks had been approved, but behind the scenes officials have suggested that the talks are likely after the US elections, and Western officials have already met to discuss even more unreasonable demands to levy against Iran if such talks take place.

Author: Jason Ditz

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