A change in policy from the White House?
Father Roy writes: It appears that President Obama did not allow himself to be bamboozled this time. The following report published in an Israeli newspaper must be causing AIPAC a great deal of chagrin. Peace, Roy
U.S. denies Obama promised bunker busters to Netanyahu
White House statement comes after Israeli media reports claim U.S. President agreed to give Israel the GBU-28 bombs; Netanyahu: Strike on Iran could be matter of weeks or years.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not discuss in their meetings this week a reported Israeli request for advanced U.S. military technology that could be used against Iran, the White House said on Thursday.
"In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Obama and Netanyahu met in the Oval office for two hours on Monday and then had lunch together.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama.
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Carney’s comment came after an Israeli official quoted by the Maariv newspaper earlier on Thursday indicated that Israel has asked the United States for advanced "bunker-buster" bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran’s underground nuclear sites.
On Tuesday, Haaretz quoted a U.S. official as indicating that Netanyahu had asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the GBU-28 bunker busting bombs as well as for advanced refueling aircraft.
The source added that Obama then instructed Panetta to start work on a request to work directly with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the matter, indicating that the U.S. administration was inclined to look favorably upon the request as soon as possible.
Referring to the prospect of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Netanyahu told Channel 10 earlier Thursday that a strike of Iran’s nuclear facilities could be a matter of years, saying:" If I don’t make the right call [on Iran] maybe there won’t be anyone to explain to." "Who will I explain it to? The next generations? The ones that will not come?" the PM asked.