Washington: We Would Not Back Israeli Strike On Iran


obama-iranThe United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

According to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to clarify that the US does not intend to back Israel in a strike that may spark a regional conflict.

In return, Washington reportedly expects Iran to steer clear of strategic American assets in the Persian Gulf, such as military bases and aircraft carriers.

Israeli officials reported an unprecedented low in the two nations’ defense ties, which stems from the Obama administration’s desire to warn Israel against mounting an uncoordinated attack on Iran.

The New York Times reported Monday that US President Barack Obama is promoting a series of steps meant to curb an Israeli offensive against Iran, while forcing the Islamic Republic to take the nuclear negotiations more seriously.

One of the steps considered is “an official declaration by Obama about what might bring about American military action, as well as covert activities that have been previously considered and rejected,” the report said.

Several of Obama’s top advisors believe that Jerusalem is seeking an unequivocal American statement regarding a US strike on Iran – should it actively pursue a nuclear bomb.

Israel hopes such a statement is made during Obama’s address before the UN General Assembly on September 25.

Others in the White House said Israel is trying to drag the US into an unnecessary conflict in the Gulf.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that “There is absolutely no daylight between the United States and Israel when it comes to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”

Carney said that all options remain on the table for Iran. He said the “window for diplomacy remains open,” adding that the diplomatic process remains the best way to deal with the Islamic Republic, though “that window will not remain open indefinitely.”

Cyber war a go?

According to the New York Times, Washington has also sent Iran a back-channel deal suggesting they curb their nuclear ambitions, but Tehran rejected the deal, saying no agreement is possible sans lifting all West-imposed sanctions.

According to the report, the Obama administration is exploring the possibility of mounting a covert operation, as well as waging a “quiet” cyber war against Iran.

President Obama had previously rejected the notion, fearing such cyber assaults would wreak havoc on Iranian civilian life.

Later in September, the United States and more than 25 other nations will hold the largest-ever minesweeping exercise in the Persian Gulf, in what military officials say is a demonstration of unity and a defensive step to prevent Iran from attempting to block oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz.

In fact, the United States and Iran have each announced what amounted to dueling defensive exercises to be conducted this fall, each intended to dissuade the other from attack.

Read more at: YNET NEWS

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  1. I suppose the military option will come to fruitation when Iran actually decides its going to attack and actually does it. What a stupid vague statement saying that the window of opportunity will close one day. This has been said for almost ten years already. Is this a joke or what? Do the Americans have a right to give demands to a nation that is yet again awaiting a new Hitler? Has this world gone mad or what? Does Obama really thing everyone is insane?

  2. Attention Democrats:

    Do you now realize that you can not trust Obama?

    He backtracks on every statement he makes.

    Obama has no shame and no honor!

    Remember this in November when you go to vote.

  3. We – the public, know very little – if at all about what is really happening. Three things we have to internalize: 1.) Iran wants to wipe us out by all means. 2.)There is no seeming conventional way we can beat them. 3.)The leading mighty nations stood and still standing idly aside watching the Iranian threat growing by the day, adding yet another bloodcurdling dimension the gloomy picture.
    One plus two plus three equals the one and only refuge we can and should wholeheartedly seek: “Im thachane alai machane lo ira ra libi. Im takum alai milchama bezot ani boteach.”

  4. surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise.
    Enough said vote for Mr.MITT

  5. this comment is for the various editors of matzav
    why do you hate Jews so much that you lie to them like this headline. If you are a kofer then ignore this comment: if you are maimon then understand that if you dont stop lying to the Klal Yisroel its only an amount of time before Hashem starts to chip away at your wellbeing which means you will come down with a physical illness, a mental illness, or CH”V he will strike down you or your loved ones H’Yurachim .