Israeli official: U.S. did not present plans to strike Iran. Newspaper report claims White House outlined attack scenario
Posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM EST
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 Israelâs Haaretz newspaper quoting an American official as saying that at a recent meeting President Obamaâs 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 Donilonâs 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, toldÂ KleinOnline the generalized U.S. military capabilities were outlined in the meeting with Netanyahu to help assuage Israelâs growing concerns over Iranâs 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 Obamaâs position that there is still time for diplomacy with Iran.
Haaretzâs 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 isÂ reportedlyÂ set to highlight Israelâs right to attack Iran.
âIt 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,â said Dan Senor, a top Romney foreign adviser who helped organize the trip to Israel. âAnd if Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability the governor would respect that decision.â