Axios: US cancels meeting with Israel over Netanyahu’s harsh criticism of it

Sharp criticism from Benjamin Netanyahu has led to the White House cancelling a meeting with the Israeli side that was supposed to take place “at a high level”, Axios reports, citing official sources.

According to the publication, the Israeli prime minister published a video in which he publicly criticises Joe Biden’s administration in English. The reason for the attacks were delays in arms deliveries to Israel, the portal notes.

In particular, Netanyahu says in the video that he had a frank conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

“It is unthinkable that over the past few months the administration has withheld the supply of arms and ammunition to Israel,” the Jewish prime minister said.

Washington’s response was no less harsh, journalists note. Thus, according to an unnamed U.S. official, “such antics have consequences.” Another interlocutor said: “The Americans are out of their minds. Bibi’s (Benjamin Netanyahu’s pseudonym. – RT) video has caused a lot of damage.”

Axios sources say that the bilateral meeting was cancelled to send a signal to Israel. Another interlocutor of the portal says that the meeting was “postponed due to scheduling problems.”

Supposedly, the US-Israeli intelligence meeting was scheduled to discuss how Iranian scientists are using computer modelling to develop a nuclear programme.