JERUSALEM – Contrary to other reports, the Obama administration did not present Israel with any actual plans to strike Iran, a top Israeli security official told WND.
The security official was responding to a well circulated report in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoting an American official as saying 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 WND 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 also Donilon stressed Obama’s position that there is still time for diplomacy with Iran.
Haaretz’s report also echoes what the Israeli security official told WND about Obama’s diplomacy tack.
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.
According to reports, in a foreign policy speech Romney will deliver today, the presidential contender is 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 [to stop] 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.”