Israel Alarmed Over White House Approach to Iran: 'They Do Not Have a Plan B'

Bennett: 'We're not going to wait'

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In front of the cameras, all is cheery in the US-Israel relationship.

Behind the scenes, however, there is growing alarm among Israeli officials that the White House is not taking the Iranian threat seriously enough.

Last week, after Israeli national security adviser Eyal Hulata met at the White House with his American counterpart, an unnamed Israeli official told journalist Ben Caspit that "the situation is bad. Perhaps very bad."

“Right now, there is no joint operational contingency plan against Iran should efforts to return to the nuclear agreement fail. And even worse, the Americans do not have any solution whatsoever to such a situation. They do not have a Plan B. They do not have alternatives and what is truly troubling is that they are not really concerned about it. They see events in a completely different way than we do. It’s their right, of course, but it is of great concern to us."

While the Americans continue to say that a military option against Iran is "on the table," the Israelis are no longer convinced.

“How can you go at once from zero to 100? Preparing a military operation takes time. It requires measures and a modular plan; it requires displays of determination and motivation. We have not identified any of these on the American side and that scares us to death,” said the top Israeli official.

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At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett publicly warned that Israel’s patience is not unlimited.

“We’re not going to wait,” he said, according to the Times of Israel. “I expect the global powers to hold [Iran] accountable.”

“That would be the peaceful route. There are other routes,” he added, a clear hint at a military solution.

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