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Be wary of the United States uncertain of Iran Israel plans

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

 An Israeli government official said: "Israel and the United States are in close and continuous communication about the threat to global security by Iran's nuclear program. We appreciate President Obama's determination to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. "The official declined to comment further.

At the same time, however, the relationship of Obama with Israeli leaders were not particularly hot. He has not visited the country as president.

A former U.S. government official said: "There are many cases where the Israelis have taken action without informing the United States first. So we should not always assume a level of coordination (between Washington and Israel) in advance on all matters. "

Repeat performance?

Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA expert on the Middle East who has advised Obama, said: "Israel has a long history of military operations in Baghdad in Tunis, without giving notice in Washington."

Riedel said the White House wants to send a strong message to Israel that the U.S. does not expect to be taken aback by his ally. "Bibi wants Obama to understand unequivocally that he does not want a repeat in Iran," he said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his nickname.

The Obama administration suspects that Israeli leaders marked for themselves certain "red lines" related to Iran's nuclear progress that could trigger Israeli military action, if crossed, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But Obama administration decision-makers are experiencing a "sense of opacity" in their understanding of where the red lines are drawn Israel, the official added.

Two other U.S. officials, also speaking on condition they not be named, said Washington is deeply concerned about Israel, sanctions and diplomatic pressure skeptics will stop the nuclear program of Iran, may eventually decide to act on its own.

Similarly, one of the U.S. officials said, the speeches and statements by Israeli leaders like Netanyahu's speech Sunday in which he referred to "the right decision at the right time," even if the object allies, could be politically motivated.

Under this interpretation, Netanyahu and other Israeli officials can play a national audience or trying to put pressure on the international community to do more on Iran.
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