Israeli official: U.S. did not present plans to strike Iran. Newspaper report claims White House outlined attack scenario


by Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM — The Obama administration did not present Israel with any actual plans to strike Iran, a top Israeli security official told KleinOnline.

The security official was responding to a well circulated report in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoting an American official as saying that at a recent meeting 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 KleinOnline 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 that Donilon stressed Obama’s position that there is still time for diplomacy with Iran.

Haaretz’s own report affirms what the Israeli security official told KleinOnline.

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 Shimon Peres.

In a foreign policy speech Romney will deliver later today, the presidential contender is reportedly 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 from stopping 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.”