Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

sraeli officials say they won't warn the US if they decide to launch
a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities in order to
decrease the likelihood of the US being held responsible for failing
to stop Israel's potential attack. The US has been working with the
Israelis for months to persuade them that an attack would be only a
temporary setback to Iran's nuclear program. Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to a
series of top-level US visitors including the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, the White House national security adviser and the
director of national intelligence, and top US lawmakers, all trying to
close the trust gap between Israel and the US over how to deal with
Iran's nuclear ambitions. The pronouncement sets a tense tone ahead of
meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

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