A senior US security official arrived in Israel on Saturday as international tension over Iran’s nuclear development reached an all-time high.
By Phoebe Greenwood in Tel Aviv
1:56PM GMT 18 Feb 2012
Tom Donilon, the US president’s top security aide, arrived in Tel Aviv on Saturday morning for three days of meetings with Israeli defence and security chiefs.
While Washington claims the visit is simply the latest in a series of “regular, high level consultations between the United States and Israel”, it came just days after coordinated attacks launched against Israeli embassies across the world provoked outrage in Jerusalem, which claims with certainly that Iran is responsible.
Israel’s option of launching a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities was expected to be the urgent topic of discussion during Mr Donilon’s visit.
Hours before he arrived Iran’s navy claimed its warships entered the Mediterranean to show its ‘might’ to regional countries.
In recent weeks, Israeli government officials have remained resolutely tight-lipped on their position on the Iranian threat but a string of high-ranking US officials have expressed the belief that Israel is preparing to act, with or without American support.