US shares Iran attack plan with Israel: Report

The Israeli government denied the Ha’aretz report.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Jerusalem | Published: July 30, 2012 12:35:52 am

The US has shared with close ally Israel its contingency plans for a possible military attack on Iran should diplomacy fail to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions,a media report said Sunday.

US National Security Adviser Don Donilon shared the details with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his recent visit to Jerusalem two weeks ago,an American official told the daily Ha’aretz on condition of anonymity.

Netanyahu is said to have hosted Donilon at a three-hour dinner when Israel’s NSA,Yaakov Amidror,is also said to have been present for part of the time.

Renewing US commitment to Israel’s security,Donilon is said to have conveyed to the Israeli premier that reports of such preparations by the US are “not just a way to assuage Israel’s concerns” but that Washington was “seriously preparing for the possibility that negotiations will reach a dead end and military action will become necessary”.

The US official reportedly said that Donilon shared information on Washington’s weaponry and military capabilities for dealing with Iran’s nuclear facilities,including those deep underground.

The Israeli government denied the Ha’aretz report.

In another development being linked to possible preparations for an attack,the Secretary of the US Air Force,Michael Donley,told the Capitol Hill Club that the force’s new bunker buster bombs were ready for use.

Romney backs Israel strike on Iran

ON IRAN: US presidential candidate Mitt Romney,who arrived in Israel on Sunday,said he would “respect’’ a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear programme.

on Jerusalem: He declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state.

100 days left: With a 100 days to go to the US elections,polls show a deelpy divisive battle. “I think this is going to be a very close race,” Robert Gibbs,top Obama Campaign adviser,told the ABC news.

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