Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE launched a full-court press on Thursday to sell the administration's Iran deal to a skeptical Israel.
Netanyahu has come under pressure from the White House to tone down his criticism of last month's preliminary nuclear deal, which he initially called a “historic mistake.”
“The United States will do everything in our power to make certain that Iran’s nuclear program — a program of weaponization possibilities — is terminated,” Kerry said at a joint press conference with Netanyahu. “We agree on what the goal of the final status agreement ought to be. And in the days and weeks ahead, we will consult very closely and continually with our Israeli friends in order to bring about a comprehensive agreement that can withstand everybody’s test.”
Kerry's remarks come as the Obama administration is clashing with pro-Israel groups that are pushing for new sanctions on Capitol Hill, a move the administration thinks could spoil any chance at a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue.