ISRAELI OFFICIAL: NO U.S. PLANS TO STRIKE IRAN / Counters news report claiming White House presented attack plot (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein JERUSALEM, Israel 07/30/12)
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JERUSALEM – Contrary to other reports, the Obama administration did
not present Israel with any actual plans to strike Iran, a top
Israeli security official told WND.
The security official was responding to a well circulated report in
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoting an American official as saying
President Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, shared with
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. contingency plans for a
possible attack on Iran.
The Israeli security official, knowledgeable about the contents of
Donilon’s talks with Netanyahu, said Donilon did share with Israel
information on U.S. weaponry and military capabilities for dealing
with Iran’s nuclear facilities, as per the Haaretz report.
The official, however, denied that any actual U.S. plans to attack
Iran were discussed.
The official, who was not authorized to talk to the news media, told
WND the generalized U.S. military capabilities were outlined in the
meeting with Netanyahu to help assuage Israel’s growing concerns over
Iran’s nuclear ambitions and to make a point that the U.S. maintains
the technical capability of attacking Iran.
The official said not only were plans to strike Iran not presented,
but also Donilon stressed Obama’s position that there is still time
for diplomacy with Iran.
Haaretz’s report also echoes what the Israeli security official told
WND about Obama’s diplomacy tack.
The report goes on to quote a second American official as saying that
Donilon told Netanyahu that “based on the intelligence we have, we
think there is still time for diplomacy, and the time for a military
operation against Iran has not yet come.”
The Haaretz report comes as Mitt Romney visited Israel today, where
he met with top officials, including Netanyahu and Israeli President
According to reports, in a foreign policy speech Romney will deliver
today, the presidential contender is set to highlight Israel’s right
to attack Iran.
“It is an existential threat, and we in the West partnering with
Israel should do everything we can [to stop] Iran from developing
that weapons capability,” said Dan Senor, a top Romney foreign
adviser who helped organize the trip to Israel. “And if Israel has to
take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that
capability, the governor would respect that decision.” (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 07/30/12)
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