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Israeli Officials: Israel Won't Warn U.S. Before Attacking Iran

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Israel won't notify the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran, the Associated Press is reporting, and says the announcement was "delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations with U.S. officials."

Associated Press reports that though Israeli defense officials have no plans made to attack Iran, there are no plans to warn the U.S. if it decides to do so.

The Hill adds:

Netanyahu and President Obama are meeting on Monday at the White House, as the two countries attempt to get on the same page about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

U.S. officials have tried to persuade Israeli officials not to strike Iran yet, most notably when Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said earlier this month that an Israeli attack would have a “destabilizing” effect on the Middle East.

Dempsey’s comments angered the Israelis, which Netanyahu has made clear to visiting U.S. officials, Israeli media said last week.

At the same time, the White House is considering “more forcefully” outlining its military options and “red lines” that Iran cannot cross, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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