TEL AVIV—The rift between top U.S. and Israeli leaders appeared to deepen Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leveled the sharpest attacks in years by an Israeli leader against Washington, over differences on how to address Iran’s nuclear program.
Later Tuesday, both governments said President Barack Obama wouldn’t agree to an Israeli request for a meeting between the two leaders at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this month. The Israelis said their request was refused; the White House said there was a scheduling conflict and there could be a meeting elsewhere at another time.
The comments stoked concerns in Washington that Mr. Netanyahu’s attacks on the White House’s Iran policy were specifically designed to affect the coming U.S. presidential election.
Some of Mr. Netanyahu’s advisers have said in recent months that they believe a Mitt Romney administration would be more in step with the Israeli government on Iran’s nuclear program and other issues. Mr. Romney has attacked Mr. Obama during the campaign as being too soft on Tehran and diminishing American support for the Jewish state.
via Wall Street Journal