President Bush and Ehud Olmert were slated to meet Wednesday to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat.
Bush and the Israeli prime minister, following their appearance with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at Tuesday’s Annapolis peace conference, were scheduled to hold bilateral talks in Washington, officials said.
Topping the agenda is Iran’s nuclear program and international uncertainty over whether it can be curbed by U.N. Security Council sanctions.
The Israeli media quoted Olmert as telling U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that should the sanctions fail, Jerusalem “will not resign itself” to a nuclear-armed Iran – a hint at possible pre-emptive strikes.
But many analysts believe that neither Israel nor the United States are in a rush to go to war with Iran given other regional challenges.