Report: U.S. shuns Israel on Iran plans


The United States reportedly has shut Israel out of its planning for
possible military measures against Iran’s nuclear program. Citing Israeli
security officials, Ma’ariv reported Monday that Washington has not been
inviting Jerusalem to talks about a military option on Iran.

“They are
prepared to talk about three topics only: Iraq, Iraq, Iraq,” an Israeli
official was quoted as saying.

But according to Ma’ariv, the Olmert
government is in doubt about whether President Bush is capable of
mustering domestic support for anything other than diplomatic pressure on
Tehran. The report clashed with public declarations by Israeli and U.S.
officals that they see eye-to-eye on what is the most pressing strategic
issue facing the Middle East.

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