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‘US military aid would delay Israeli strike’

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Yitzhak Benhorin
YNet News
August 18, 2012

WASHINGTON – A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama says that the United States should provide Israel with the military aid that would sway its leaders to delay a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Dennis B. Ross, who served as a special assistant to Obama for the Middle East and South Asia from 2009 to 2011, says in an opinion piece published by the New York Times on Friday that by bolstering Israel’s military capabilities with “additional bunker-busting bombs, tankers for refueling aircraft and targeting information,” the US could allay the Jewish state’s impatience to attack the Islamic Republic.

The move would “extend the clock” on a possible military operation, thus allowing the White House to exhaust all diplomatic measures that could deem the military option unnecessary.

Ross, a veteran diplomat well versed in negotiating with senior Israeli officials, states that while both Israel and the US share the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, they differ in their estimated deadline for military action.

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