Israeli Defense Minister Moseh Ya'alon quickly dismissed the Iranian regime as one that can not be trusted. "One does not have to be an intelligence agency member to know that Iran is lying without blinking, that today it is the biggest danger to the stability of the Middle East and the entire world," he said in a statement.
Warning against the onslaught of Iranian hegemony, which most recently has manifested itself in Yemen, Netanayhu warned: "This is happening before our eyes and I think the most important thing is to make sure that Iran doesn't get a path to the bomb and that Iran's aggression in Yemen and elsewhere, including around Israel's borders is stopped."
"We don't get regular updates every hour. I don't know what the latest developments are, but I do know the general direction is a negative one. It's a bad deal, full of loopholes that will enable Iran to be a nuclear state," he said of the deal itself adding that history will live to regret it once it's finalized.
McConnell voiced his unequivocal support to Israel during his visit. "Let me add on our behalf, first, we were all extraordinarily impressed with your address to the joint session a few weeks ago. I want to assure all Israelis that the US-Israel relationship is still, no matter what's been said recently, in very, very strong shape on a bipartisan basis in the US Congress," he said referring to Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress last month which was ostensibly done for the purpose of warning against the Iranian threat, but came under fire for its proximity to Israeli elections.
Critics of Netanyahu blamed his speech for widening the ever-growing rift between Obama and the prime minister.
McConnell assured Netanyahu that there is strong support among Congress to vote on whatever deal is signed to ensure that a "bad" deal won't pass.
"The group who are here share your concerns about this potential agreement and there are options that the United States has in a wake of an agreement and if there is no agreement. The option if there's an agreement is a bill that we intend to vote on that enjoys bipartisan support to require that agreement come to Congress for approval," he said.
Opall-Rome is Israel bureau chief for Defense News. She has been covering U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation, Mideast security and missile defense since May 1988. She lives north of Tel Aviv. Visit her website at www.opall-rome.com.