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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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