In a stern response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent comments on the Iran nuclear accord, an Israeli official said Saturday that Israel would continue to criticize the agreement and could not be pressured to stop voicing its objections.
In remarks on Friday, Mr. Kerry warned that the international community might blame Israel if Congress blocked the accord and that as a result Israel might “wind up being more isolated.”
Mr. Kerry’s remarks, made during an appearance in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations, were taken by Israeli officials as a thinly veiled effort to muzzle their criticism.
“We reject the threats directed at Israel in recent days,” an Israeli official said in a statement to The New York Times.
“The U.S. Congress will make its decision based on American interests, which include consideration of U.S. allies,” added the official, who asked not to be named because of the diplomatic sensitivities. “The regrettable attempt to intimidate Israel will not prevent us from voicing our concerns about this deal, which poses direct threats to Israel’s security.” Read more
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