Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked resigned to meeting between President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, after voicing opposition to world powers opening a dialogue with Iran.
The Israeli leader, who earlier in the day asserted that this was not the time to hold talks with Iran, said he recognized the possibility of a Trump-Rouhani meeting, and that it was not up to him to tell President Trump with whom he could meet.
“I’m sure Trump will take a much tougher position,” PM Netanyahu told reporters traveling with him to London.
This was more restrained than a statement he made earlier in the day when he was on route to meet British PM Boris Johnson: “This is not the time to hold talks with Iran. This is the time to increase the pressure on Iran.”
That comment had marked rare public discord between the right-wing Israeli leader and President Trump on the Iranian nuclear issue. PM Netanyahu had previously counseled France against its own outreach to Iran.
Wednesday, President Trump left the door open to a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York, saying: “Anything’s possible. They would like to be able to solve their problem.”
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