February 29, 2012
According to a U.S. intelligence official, Israel does not plan to alert the U.S. ahead of time if it decides to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, CBN News reports. Israeli officials said the move was intended to protect the United States from being held responsible for failing to stop an attack, but some suggest the move also reflects the Jewish state's frustration with the Obama administration. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who recently met with Israel's prime minister and defense minister, said: "I got the sense that Israel is incredibly serious about a strike on [Iran's] nuclear weapons program. It's their calculus that the [Obama] administration ... is not serious about a real military consequence to Iran moving forward. They believe they're going to have to make a decision on their own, giving the current posture of the United States." American officials have been continually trying to convince Israel an attack on Iran's nuclear program would only be a temporary setback.