TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has urged U.S. senators to vote against placing additional sanctions on Iran.
Mossad officials oppose a U.S. Senate bill that would place additional sanctions on Iran should U.S.-led talks on ending the Iranian nuclear program fail, Bloomberg View reported Thursday. The Mossad reportedly believes the sanctions would collapse the ongoing negotiations and damage Israeli interests.
The stance runs in opposition to the view of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who favors added sanctions. U.S. President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he would veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
According to the report, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) have both alluded recently to Mossad opposition to the bill.
“We met with a number of government officials from many different parts of the [Israeli] government,” Barrasso told Bloomberg View. “There’s not a uniform view there.”
Bloomberg View reported that a separate measure that would give the Senate a vote on any accord with Iran over its nuclear program has broader approval from Israeli officials.
Negotiations over the nuclear program are slated to resume in February.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress in February regarding Iran.