Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran
Huffington Post / Kimberly Dozier
28-Feb-2012 (3 comments)

WASHINGTON — Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack. The U.S. has been working with the Israelis for months to persuade them that an attack would be only a temporary setback to Iran's nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to a series of top-level U.S. visitors to the country, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House national security adviser and the director of national intelligence, and top U.S. lawmakers, all trying to close the trust gap between Israel and the U.S. over how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Is that a thank you [read f*&k you] for...

by Bavafa on

$3B annually all the while many of our own citizens are going hungry without a roof over their head


for the countless times US has put itself against the world by their veto in the UN security.

 'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



How can that be?

by Abarmard on

Israel must pass Jordan, Iraq OR Saudi Arabia OR Turkey to reach Iran. How can US not know? I don't like the events adding up. UK has sent a few more ships, Israel has gotten more planes and bombs and Saudi Arabia is very much itching for Iran to get bombed. It doesn't look good.

US can easily not allow that to happen.


Comments from American readers

by kazem0574 on

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WTF, Israel? Seriously, we don't have the time, money or soldiers to come and bail you out if you start WW3. If I was Pres. Obama, I would send Sec. Clinton to tell Netanyahu that he can forget about military/foreign aid if they attack prremptively.

I remember that Netanyahu asked Dubya if he could attack Iran (just before Dubya left office). In what was probably his best decision, Dubya flatly said "No!" and dismissed Netanyahu. There is just no way that we're going to get involved in a 3rd war in the region and put our troops in harm's way. No way.

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Much as I support Israel as a nation, I decry the belicosity of its leaders who have supported the aggressive militarism of a national philosphy. I can only hope that the U.S. will not cave to the big dollars of AIPAC political contributions and will remember that we are an independent country with (I hope) sober heads at the top of our government. All sane citizens must recognize the disaster of another mideast war and refuse any course except diplomacy. I believe Israel underestimates the backlash of the 98 percent of American citizens who are not Jewish.

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i hope that president obama is telling the israelis that if they don't get our approval to do this, then they can forget about our coming to their rescue. they should be left to their own to win/lose an entanglement with iran