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Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions

Israeli intelligence wants Congress to stay out of the Iran talks. Netanyahu disagrees.
Tender moment.

Tender moment.

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The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.

Already, the Barack Obama administration and some leading Republican senators are using the Israeli internal disagreement to undermine support for the bill, authored by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menendez, which would enact new sanctions if current negotiations falter.