Washington offers Israel “implementation of joint military planning” regarding Iran
The United States has offered Israel “implementation of joint military planning” regarding Iran, while Israel fears that the offer is an attempt to reduce its ability to act against Iranian nuclear facilities.
And the “Wallah” website stated that the decision-making circles in Israel feared that the American proposal, which was presented several weeks ago, was mainly aimed at “tying the hands” of Tel Aviv from working against the Iranian nuclear program.
In a report published on Wednesday evening and prepared by its political commentator Barak Ravid, the site quoted US and Israeli officials as saying that Israel had asked President Joe Biden’s administration for “clarifications about the practical significance of this proposal.”
According to the site, Israel suspects that behind the American offer is an attempt to reduce its ability to act against Iranian nuclear facilities by giving the Biden administration the right to know and object to Israeli plans in advance.
On the other hand, the site pointed out that US officials confirm that there are “no undeclared motives” behind the proposal and that it “aims primarily to develop military cooperation between the two sides.”
US officials explained that the proposal was presented by Washington to Tel Aviv “during the visit of Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley and by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and during meetings held by the Army’s Central Command, Eric Korella, in Tel Aviv recently.”
However, the site added that Israel did not reject the American offer, but asked for clarifications about its significance and practical applications. He pointed out that Israel is interested in knowing whether the proposal is related to cooperation in the intelligence field, or whether it is also related to the operational aspect.
The site quoted an American official as saying that the American offer is based on each party presenting to the other its operational plans regarding scenarios related to the development of the Iranian nuclear program.
According to what a spokesman for the US Department of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel Lev Ventura, told the site, the senior officials of the ministry confirmed more than once that they are interested in expanding cooperation with the Israeli army, including organizing joint maneuvers.