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Dempsey claims Israel satisfied, Israel doesn’t say this
DEBKAfile, Apr 2 2014

US JCoS Dempsey flew out of Israel on Wednesday Apr 2 after three days of talks with Israeli leaders, asserting of the military option against Iran:

I think they are satisfied we have the capability. I think they believe we will use it.

DEBKAfile sources tracking his talks did not receive that impression from Israeli officials. They did not subscribe to his statement:

USrael are in broad agreement about the threat that Iran poses to the region and how to deal with it.

Dempsey admitted there were differences, but insisted that USrael are closer now in their assessments of the threat Iran poses and US willingness to act. He said:

They just wanted to know that we are maintaining and continuing to refine our military options.

During his visit, Dempsey paid calls on PM Bibi Netanyahu, DM Bogie Ya’alon, IDF CoS Lt-Gen Benny Gantz, IDF DCoS Maj-Gen Gadi Eizenkot and AMAN (IDF Intelligence) chief Maj-Gen Aviv Kochavi. He also raised eyebrows in security circles when he made his own arrangements to see certain retired Israeli generals, including former AMAN head Maj-Gen (retd) Amos Yadlin. None of his interlocutors knew what he was talking about when he summed up his visit by saying:

Our clocks are more harmonized than they were two years ago.

He was evidently referring to the summer of 2012, when Israel and the IDF were all set to stage an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and forced to call it off under sledgehammer pressure from Obama. Today, while Iran presses on, USrael are no nearer agreement than before. Dempsey’s remark that the US “will use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path” is the giveaway. It exposes the Obama administration’s continued refusal to admit that while Tehran sticks to “the diplomatic path,” it uses that path to carry on developing its military nuclear capacity undisturbed. The coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out next Friday reveals the details of a secret plan presented to Israel by Dempsey. Don’t miss this and other exclusives! Click here for your subscription now!

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