The US might sell Israel special arms and munitions that would enable an Israeli strike on Iran, an unnamed senior military source told Army Radio Tuesday night.
According to the report, although the two countries did not agree on specific red lines regarding Iran’s nuclear program during meetings in Washington, the US understands Israel’s position and is considering selling it advanced weapons that could be used to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, including special bunker-busting bombs and re-fueling planes.
In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday, National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror declined to discuss reports of the weapons transfer. Amidror did not deny that Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has a difference of opinion with the Mossad over a strike on Iran, but noted that as the country’s leader, it is his job to choose what he believes is the best course of action.
Amidror warned that although Iran has recently shown an interest in reopening negotiations over its nuclear development program, apparently as a result of the sanctions it faces, it is important to not let the negotiations become a shield under which Iran can continue to develop nuclear weapons.
The Iranian issue was the central topic of conversation at AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference in Washington.
US President Barack Obama said he would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, and US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the US would use force if diplomacy fails. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a crowd of over 10,000 people that Israel has the right to defend itself, by itself.