Saturday, 14 Jan 2012
DoD officials are increasingly alarmed that Israel is on the verge of military action against Iran -- to take out that country's nuclear weapons potential, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
The report suggests that the Israeli preparations are being carried forth despite strong objections by the U.S., which has ramped up planning to safeguard U.S. facilities in the region.
President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, among others, have warned Israeli leaders about the consequences of a strike, urging patience to allow the sanctions against Iran to take hold.
Meanwhile, U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is slated to meet with Israeli military officials in Tel Aviv next week.
The moves to calm Israel come against a backdrop of stern U.S. messages to Iran's leaders against provocative actions such as closing the Strait of Hormutz to oil shipments.