Israel: We Will Attack Iran Without Warning US
US officials trying hard to convince them not to strike
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Israeli F-15 fighter jets refuel during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots in the Hatzerim air force base, June 30, 2011.   (Getty Images/AFP)

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have been quietly telling every American official who visits Israel the same thing: When Israel strikes Iran, it won't warn the US first, a US intelligence official tells the AP. In part, that's a courtesy; Israel believes keeping the US in the dark will minimize the blame the US takes for not stopping the attack. But it's also a rebuke, because Israel has become convinced the US won't strike Iran, and won't back Israel up if it does.

The US is desperately trying to talk Israel out of such a strike, arguing that it would amount to little more than a temporary setback for Iran's nuclear ambitions. But outwardly the two nations are trying to project an image of unity, with Barak visiting Washington this week and Netanyahu visiting next week. Intelligence officials, meanwhile, have been trying to break the impasse, offering to let Israel use US bases to launch the attack in exchange for advance warning.

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lvan
Mar 5, 2012 4:28 AM CST
Oh how I wonder what would happen if Russia takes Irans side.
OuttaHere
Feb 28, 2012 5:43 PM CST
So suppose for a moment that Iran does not have an active program to make a bomb. Once the Israelis bomb the hell out of them they will start one immediately. Now let's suppose that they do have an active program and the Israelis bomb the hell out of them. Well, everybody can figure out what happens after that.
Plato
Feb 28, 2012 1:29 PM CST
I have repeatly heard it pronouced that "the U. S. is Israel's closes ally". That would indicate that Israel has more than one ally. Please tell me what { who } ally does Israel have besides our country ?