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Report: Netanyahu ‘rebuked’ Obama in phone call over Iran deal, WH glosses over

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Though you wouldn’t know it from the White House’s report, an unhappy Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his displeasure about the “historic mistake” of a deal with Iran in a Sunday phone call with President Obama.

“The prime minister made it clear to the most powerful man on earth that if he intends to stay the most powerful man on earth, it’s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan, and Iran could be next in line,” an official in Netanyahu’s Likud ruling faction told an Israeli television station, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Obama called Netanyahu to discuss the interim deal reached with Iran – a deal the prime minister called a “historic mistake.”

After Netanyahu reportedly “rebuked” Obama over the interim deal, he told Obama that the permanent accord “must bring about one outcome: the dismantling of Iran’s military nuclear capability,” the article said.

To that end, Netanyahu is sending a delegation to the U.S. next week to “discuss the permanent accord with Iran.”

The White House readout of the phone call between the two leaders made no mention of any disagreement or displeasure from Netanyahu:

The President noted that the P5+1 will use the months ahead to pursue a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution that would resolve the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the President told the Prime Minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution.

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