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Report: Mossad chief's secret U.S. visit meant to gauge American response to Israeli attack on Iran
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo's secret visit to Washington earlier this month was meant to gauge how the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama would react to an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program, The Daily Beast reported on Monday.
Pardo's visit was exposed last month by Haaretz after top U.S. officials mentioned his participation in a series of meetings in Washington at a public hearing in the Senate.
During the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing , in which CIA Director David Petraeus and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper participated, panel chairperson Dianne Feinstein asked Clapper whether or not Israel intended to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Clapper responded that he would rather discuss the issue behind closed doors.
The entire exchange was broadcasted live on American television.
On Monday, a report in The Daily Beast, which cited U.S. officials, shed some light on the visit, saying the Mossad chief had visited the U.S. in order to determine how the U.S. would react if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear program despite U.S. objections.
According to U.S. officials cited in the report, Pardo asked top American officials questions such as : “What is our posture on Iran? Are we ready to bomb? Would we [do so later]? What does it mean if [Israel] does it anyway?”
The report added that Israel has ceased sharing a "significant" amount of intelligence concerning its military preparations with the U.S.
Originally posted by GAOTU789
I don't think for a second that Israel will hesitate when they think that Iran has reached a threshold in the nuclear weapons program.
If they are nothing else, the Israeli's are decisive and not afraid to act in their own best interests.