Amid U.S. worries that Israel will attack Iran over its nuclear program, President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on March 5, officials said today.
The announcement was tucked into a statement on the weekend visit to Israel by Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon.
"The visit is part of the continuous and intensive dialogue between the United States and Israel and reflects our unshakeable commitment to Israel's security," said a statement on Donilon's visit.
The statement did not mention Iran.
"Mr. Donilon relayed to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the president looks forward to meeting with him at the White House on March 5," it said.
On Sunday, a top U.S. military official said the U.S. has advised Israel against an Iran strike.
"We think that it's not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking Sunday on CNN. "I mean, that's been our counsel to our allies, the Israelis, well-known, well-documented."
Dempsey also said that U.S. officials believe that Iran has not decided whether "to weaponize their nuclear capability."
Because of that uncertainty, Dempsey said, "I think it would be premature to exclusively decide that the time for a military option was upon us."
The general also questioned Israel's military capacity to permanently cripple Iran's nuclear program, which is spread out among different sites in the country.