Israel has refused to reassure U.S. President Barack Obama that it would warn him in advance of any pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear capabilities, the Telegraph (British) website reports exclusively today (November 12, 2011).
Informed sources say Obama was rebuffed last month when he demanded private guarantees that no strike would go ahead without White House notification, suggesting Israel no longer plans to "seek Washington's permission."
Last month, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta flew to Israel and met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and he told them that President Obama wanted a guarantee that Israel would not attack Iran without notifying Washington in advance. Neither Israeli agreed to such a guarantee.
Upset by the Israeli response, Obama reportedly ordered U.S. intelligence to increase its monitoring of the Israeli military's tactical activities.