Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks with US President Donald Trump prior to the President's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Israel Fears US-Iran Diplomatic Breakthrough (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is pushing back against an apparent diplomatic effort to foster a dialogue between the United States and Iran.

Netanyahu over the weekend spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently met on the sidelines of the G7 summit with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Thereafter, US President Donald Trump reiterated a willingness to hold nuclear-related negotiations with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.

Against this backdrop, and amid heightened tensions in northern Israel, Netanyahu told Macron that, “when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region, it is precisely the wrong time to talk.”

The Media Line discussed the matter with Dr. Chuck Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel and currently a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.

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