National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should hold back his criticism of any proposed interim deal on Iran's nuclear program until such an agreement is finalized."I think it's important that everybody understand what the deal is that needs to be reached and then they can make a judgment on its contours," Rice said at the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C.
Asked by Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson if Netanyahu didn't understand the deal before issuing his harsh attack on it last week, Rice did not mention Netanyahu by name but indicated that he did not.
"Well it's not done, so by definition it's premature to judge it because the outlines have yet to be finalized," she said.
Rice said any pact would ensure Iran's nuclear program doesn't advance while the agreement is in effect.
"Any deal that we would accept is going to be one that we would have confidence is in our interests and the interests of our allies and partners in the region and beyond, that gives us clarity and confidence that the Iranians cannot make any progress and indeed will see their program [set] back while negotiations continue," she said.
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Rice's remarks.
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I agree. Speaking out against diplomacy and a deal that hasnt even been reached yet and calling it a "bad bad bad deal" is premature and makes no sense to me.