No warning for US before Iran attack: Israeli officials
WASHINGTON: Israeli officials say they won't warn the US if they decide to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one US 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 US would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack. The US has been working with Israel for months to convince them that an attack would be only a temporary setback to Iran's nuclear program.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to high-level US visitors to the country, including chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the White House national security adviser.