The U.S. and Israel are discussing what may be grounds for bombing Iran's nuclear facilities
The Obama administration is trying to reassure Israel unofficially, that the strike Iran if Tehran's nuclear program to draw the line breaks, according to The Daily Beast . At the same time, the administration tries to dissuade Israel from taking unilateral action, stresses journalist Eli Lake.
In early December, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a seemingly innocent statement - said that the Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities could plunge the Middle East to "confrontation and conflict, which we will spare." Israel secretly indignant, and the White House had to certify that the U.S. itself will strike on Iran, if that, in terms of the U.S., will be released over the line is permitted.
Relations with the Obama administration Netanyahu government like "powder magazine," says the author. "In 2012, the Republicans are vying to be courted Jewish voters and donors in America, and Obama is waiting for a challenge: in an election year must not allow Iran acquired a nuclear bomb, and it did not give Israel a preemptive strike, which inflame already volatile Middle East" - says the publication.
The situation is complicated mutual distrust between Israeli and American leaders. Netanyahu's office has not yet agreed to request permission from the U.S. strikes on Iran, or at least warn in advance about such impacts.
What will be the basis for preemptive U.S. attack on Iran? - Asks the author. Matthew Kronig, in the past adviser to Iran when U.S. Secretary of Defense, recently outlined in the journal Foreign Affairs the following criteria: impact of nuclear facilities is necessary if Iran "will send international inspectors for the arms begin to enrich uranium to 90 percent, or weapons-grade set at the factory in Qom advanced centrifuges. " In an interview with Kronig added that one of the important factors to assess the situation will progress in the construction of new nuclear facilities in Iran.
Panetta in an interview with CBS called nuclear weapons program in Iran, "the boundary is permitted."
Meanwhile, in early December, the Israeli delegation presented a report to Washington, from which follows: "Iran's efforts to build secret reactors and nuclear fuel have gone further than say the U.S. public."
One zagvozdok - differences in U.S. and Israeli intelligence assessment of these. The Israeli side believes that in 2005 the development of nuclear weapons in Iran have resumed, and the U.S. believe that these works are still frozen. These differences are important because one of the "limits;" - progress in the construction of secret uranoobogatitelnyh plants in addition to Natanz, where IAEA inspectors monitor the centrifuges.