Report: U.S. Briefs Israel On Attack Plans For Iran
Israeli and American media are reporting that a top security official, who was in Israel in the beginning of the month, shared the United States’ plan for a possible attack on Iran. The goal of sharing the plan was to reassure the Israeli government that the U.S. is prepared to use military force on Iran in the event that sanctions fail to persuade the Iranians to give up their nuclear program.
The Obama Administration is trying to avert a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facility and possibly trigger a Middle Eastern war.
Israeli newspaper, Haaretz said United states National Security Adviser Tom Donilon shared the plans with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a lunch the two had almost a month ago. Haaretz quoted unnamed U.S. officials as their sources. The sources supposedly said that Donilon shared information on the types of weapons the U.S. was prepared to use and the ability of the U.S. military to penetrate deep underground bunkers.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting, disputed the accounts saying,
“Nothing in the article is correct. Donilon did not meet the prime minister for dinner, he did not meet him one-on-one, nor did he present operational plans to attack Iran.”
Both the United States and Israel believe that the goal of Iran’s nuclear program is to develop nuclear weapons. The Iranians claim their entire nuclear program is peaceful in nature and meant to generate electricity.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Jerusalem currently to discuss his plans, should he win the Presidency, with Netanyahu.
A top Romney foreign policy adviser told reporters,
“If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability (to build a nuclear weapon), the governor would respect that decision.”