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Israel pushes US to sketch more hawkish policy on Iran: Report

28 Feb 2012 - 11:27

Islam Times - Israel is reportedly fuming over what it describes as the United States’ soft stance on Iran’s nuclear energy program, pushing the White House to adopt a more hawkish position against Tehran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials have reportedly put the US President Barack Obama administration under pressure due to their rage over the “deliberate attempts” by the White House to undermine the effectiveness of Israel’s war threats against Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the Israeli premier has told US officials that he wants Obama to outline specifically what Washington considers as the "red lines" that Iran cannot cross.

“Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials also are pressing for Obama to publicly clarify his insistence that ‘all options are on the table,’” regarding Iran, the report said.

The report comes ahead of an upcoming speech by Obama at the annual conference of Israel’s lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is also considered as a major platform for the US presidential campaigns.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program, using the pretext to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten the country with a military attack.

Iran has denied the allegations and promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.