US, Israel Continue to Talk Up Attacking Iran in Wake of Framework

Obama Aide Assures of 'Military Option' in Interview With Israeli TV

Days after the announcement of a framework deal between Iran and the P5+1, Israel is still inconsolably outraged, and the Obama Administration is still trying to reassure them that the war Prime Minister Netanyahu has been rooting for could happen.

That was the message of top Obama Aide Ben Rhodes, who gave an interview Monday night on Israel’s Channel 2 insisting that “all options are on the table,” including military options, if the US decides the Iran deal isn’t working.

That’s a slight step back from Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who last week insisted that the US could sign a deal with Iran and them immediately attack them anyhow if they felt like it.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz is also still talking up the chances of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran aimed at derailing the deal, saying Israel has a right to decide to attack Iran whenever it wants to.

Author: Jason Ditz

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