Israeli leader ratchets up feud with US over Iran

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister, ratcheting up a public feud with the U.S. over Iran, made it clear today that he was dissatisfied with Washington’s refusal to spell out what would provoke a U.S.-led military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.

Washington wants to give diplomacy and bruising sanctions more time to try to pressure Tehran to abandon its suspect nuclear work. In a message aimed at Israel, it said several times this week that deadlines or “red lines” are counterproductive.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says peaceful methods are not working, and has warned repeatedly that Iran is getting perilously close to acquiring a nuclear bomb. His remarks have generated speculation Israel is readying to strike on its own to prevent that from happening.

Israel has not publicly defined its own red lines, which might include a deadline for Iran to open its facilities to U.N. inspectors.

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