Israel Assured U.S. will Join War on Its Side – Report [View all]
8/13/2012, 9:47 AM
Israel has received assurances from the administration of Barack Obama, as well as the camp of Republican presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, that the United States will join a war against Iran on Israel's side, if such a war breaks out.
The daily newspaper Maariv reported Monday that the assurances were delivered in secret messages to senior officials in the bureau of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, from officials close to Obama and from Romney political advisors as well as Republicans who served in senior roles in former administrations and are expected to serve in important roles again if Romney is elected.
According to the report, Israel believes that the U.S. military will supply "a protective umbrella" for Israel in case of a missile attack on Israel by Iran and its proxies Hamas and Hizbullah.
Israel has received similar messages from its U.S. ambassador Michael Oren, after talks he held in Washington, and from pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.