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Israel denies seeing US Iran strike plan

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July 29, 2012, 12:47 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shake hands at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 29, 2012. Romney would back an Israeli military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said early Sunday, outlining the aggressive posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day.
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has denied an Israeli newspaper report that the Obama administration's top security official has briefed the Jewish state's prime minister on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran.

The Haaretz newspaper reported Sunday that U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon laid out the plans before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to reassure Israel that Washington is prepared to act military should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure the Iranians to abandon their nuclear enrichment program.

But a senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting, said, "Nothing in the article is correct. Donilon did not meet the prime minister for dinner, he did not meet him one-on-one, nor did he present operational plans to attack Iran."

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