May 24, 2013
Israel Won’t Alert U.S. Before Any Strike on Iran, a Top Source Says
Posted on Feb 27, 2012
AP claims a source familiar with high-level American-Israeli discussions says Israeli officials have made it clear they will not alert the U.S. before any attack by their country on Iran.
If true, it’s an indication that relations between the U.S. and Israel have not eased, although the stated reason for not notifying Washington before an attack would be to distance the U.S. from the action. As AP reports: “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 US would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel’s potential attack.”
But Iran would almost certainly see the U.S. as the major military sponsor of its attacker, whether Washington is tipped off or not.
Both Israel and the United States are concerned about Iran’s nuclear program, but the two countries have pushed different approaches, with Israel’s conservative government campaigning for military action and the Obama administration favoring sanctions and diplomacy.
Although he labeled Iran part of the “axis of evil,” even George W. Bush understood the danger of a military strike on that country. According to reports late in his presidency, Bush told then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that he would not support a plan to attack Iran.
Lending credence to AP’s report, Haaretz recounts a TV interview with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who says a decision on whether to attack Iran is Israel’s business, not that of the U.S. or Russia. —PZS
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