Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there must be “red lines” on halting Iran’s nuclear program.
"They're moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so they'll be 90 percent of the way there," Netanyahu told CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday.
"It's important to place a red line before Iran, and I think that actually reduces the chance of military conflict, because if they know there's a point, a stage in their enrichment or other nuclear activities that they cannot cross because they'll face consequences, I think they will actually not cross it."
Relations between Washington and Tel Aviv were already strained over the stance from Iran’s nuclear program.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday highlighted the policy split further when he rejected Israel's demand for so-called "red lines".
"The fact is, look, presidents of the United States, prime ministers of Israel or any other country – leaders of these countries don't have, you know, a bunch of little red lines that determine their decisions," Panetta said.
"What they have are facts that are presented to them about what a country is up to, and then they weigh what kind of action is needed to be taken in order to deal with that situation," he told Foreign Policy magazine in an interview.
"I mean, that's the real world. Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner."