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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Israel requested bigger bunker busters from US

Maariv, which is Hebrew-only, reported on Thursday that Israel sought advanced weaponry, including advanced bunker busters and refueling planes with which to attack Iran, in exchange for Israel agreeing not to attack Iran this year (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). A US official substantially confirms the report, but describes as 'unrealistic' the US conditioning the supply on Israel's agreement not to attack Iran this year. This is from the first link.
The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry -- including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes -- in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.

President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week.

Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.
And this is from the second link.
"Such a request was made" around the time of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week, the official said, confirming media reports.

But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the issue, played down as "unrealistic" reports that the United States would condition supplying the hardware on Israel promising not to attack Iran this year.
Israel Radio reports that the White House issued a statement today saying that President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu did not discuss bunker busters during their meeting on Monday. (The transcript and video of Thursday's White House press briefing is not up yet at this writing).


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At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't believe it. An absolutely idiotic proposal and one opposed to everything the President believes in his heart and marrow: no attacks, ever and no cluster bombs and no refueling to enable an attack he doesn't want today, tomorrow, next week, next year.


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