Netanyahu Denies US Gave Him Attack Plan for Iran

Donilon Dinner Attack Plan Presentation 'Not True'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has issued a statement today denying reports that he was given a fully detailed US attack plan for Iran at a recent meeting with a visiting US official.

“Nothing in the article is correct,” one Netanyahu aide noted, referring to a recent Haaretz piece which claimed National Security Adviser Tom Donilon presented Netanyahu the plan during a “three-hour dinner.”

The planning was being couched as a way for the Obama Administration to dissuade Israel from launching a unilateral attack on Iran by convincing them that a US attack is forthcoming. There was no indication from the reports, which cited unnamed US officials, as to when the attack was actually going to take place.

Donilon had visited Israel two weeks ago for a sparsely covered series of meetings which officials said were about “reaffirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel.” This was presumably when the “three-hour dinner” took place.

Author: Jason Ditz

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