Mossad head Tamir Pardo’s recent trip to Washington was made to gauge an American reaction to a possible unilateral strike on Iran, according to a Newsweek report Monday.

Tamir Pardo ( Photo: Yehoshua Yosef /Flash90)

Tamir Pardo ( Photo: Yehoshua Yosef /Flash90)

Pardo, whose trip was outed in a public Senate hearing by Senator Diane Feinstein and CIA head David Petraeus, wanted to gain a sense of what exactly the American reaction would be were Israel to ignore the objections of the White House and initiate an attack on Iranian nuclear installations, an unnamed American official told the magazine.

According to the source, who was involved in the talks, Pardo raised several issues, such as whether the US is prepared to bomb the sites soon or at a later date, and the likely administration response to Israel taking the initiative.

The report notes that Israel has recently become more secretive regarding its own preparations and response to the Iranian threat.