U.S. army chief heads to Israel as fears over attack on Iran mount

U.S. army chief heads to Israel as fears over attack on Iran mount

By Barak Ravid


January 15, 2012

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday for talks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and other senior defense and intelligence officials.

The visit comes as the United States attempts to coordinate with Israel on the issue of Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and to determine Israel’s intentions with regard to a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Dempsey may also meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ahead of Dempsey’s visit, the Wall Street Journal published statements by senior American officers who said the United States had increased preparations for a possible Israeli attack on Iran. They also said the United States has refreshed plans for defending American installations in the Middle East in the event of a retaliation by Iran.

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4 Responses to U.S. army chief heads to Israel as fears over attack on Iran mount

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  2. Andrew says:

    The first thing that came to my mind was why are the Americans all of a sudden worried about Israel’s actions? For the past 3 months, both America and Israel have been beating the drums of war and now, for some unknown reason, they are concerned?

    One theory suggests that Israel were 12 hours away from a strike on Iran. Those report’s are yet to be confirmed.

    • That sounds like a plausible theory. I would say that at some point in the not too distant future, the Israelis will strike against that reactor regardless of what advice or pressure they are receiving from the US.

  3. cromwellshead says:

    I have a strong feeling that, as in Georgia a few years ago, the Russians are drawing a line in the sand. It just might need a senior US official to reign in Likud, after all its election year and frankly, will the public stand for another adventure?
    Whatever the outcome or reason for his visit, there are lines that, if crossed, will force Russia and China to say enough.

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