U.S. intelligence official: Israel will not warn U.S. on Iran strike


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli officials will not warn the United States if they decide to attack Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, according to a report citing an unnamed U.S. intelligence official.

The decision was passed on in a series of private, top-level conversations, The Associated Press reported reported Tuesday.

The Israeli officials cited by the American source said they would not tell the Obama administration so that Iran would not hold the U.S. responsible for failing to stop the Israeli attack, according to the AP.

Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, have met in recent weeks in Israel with several high-ranking U.S. visitors, dispatched according to some reports to convince Israel not to attack Iran, and to allow tough sanctions and international pressure to do its work.

Barak is currently in Washington for meetings with his counterpart Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet next week with President Obama in the U.S. capital.

The U.S. official also told the AP that Israel is providing "key information" on Syria now that the U.S. has closed its embassy and pulled out its diplomats and intelligence officials from the country.

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