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    White House Denies Report of Deal With Israel Over Iran

    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2012.
    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2012.
    Kent Klein

    The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in their meetings this week, did not discuss Israel’s reported request for advanced U.S. military equipment that could be used against Iran.

    Briefing journalists, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed a report in an Israeli newspaper that Prime Minister Netanyahu had asked for the military technology.  

    “In the meetings the president had, there was no such agreement proposed or reached," said Carney.

    The Israeli newspaper Maariv on Thursday quoted an Israeli official as indicating that Israel had requested so-called “bunker buster” bombs and refueling planes.  The equipment could enhance Israel’s ability to strike Iran’s underground nuclear sites.

    Earlier this week, another Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, quoted a U.S. official as indicating that Mr. Netanyahu had asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the equipment.  Carney did not address that report.

    The president’s spokesman was also asked about a report in the U.S. publication National Journal, in which Panetta was quoted as saying potential plans to strike Iran have been drawn up.  

    “As I understand it, the Pentagon is, as a matter of course, frequently examining contingencies and preparing contingency plans for different possibilities," he said. "It would be irresponsible not to.”

    In addition, Carney downplayed reported comments by Iran’s supreme leader, praising President Obama for saying that a “window of opportunity” exists for talks with Iran.

    Iranian media quote Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying Mr. Obama’s remarks were “good words” and “an exit from delusion.”

    Carney said the Obama administration is skeptical about the Iranian leader’s statement.

    “The president’s policy toward Iran is focused in a very clear-eyed way on Iranian behavior, certainly not on rhetoric of any kind," said Carney.

    The press secretary said Tehran’s actions have not changed.

    “And Iran continues to violate its obligations and has not yet demonstrated the peaceful intent of its nuclear program," he said.

    Iran has said repeatedly that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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    by: RCCA
    March 09, 2012 2:20 PM
    The difference is that Israel doesn't threaten its neighbors with total annihilation. Iran on the other hand calls for the destruction of Israel all the time. They have dedicated themselves to it. So not a strange thing for Israel to take them seriously and want to prevent Iran from getting the Bomb.

    by: NVO
    March 09, 2012 1:30 PM
    The White House regime is totally NEW WORLD ORDER proponents. Do not be deceived. Of course they denied it. These drones in the White House are all pushing for a one world government. Don't get sucked into the NEW WORLD ORDER.

    by: William
    March 09, 2012 7:42 AM
    Every nation wants to belong to the united nations but it seems that every time the u.n. has suspicions about certain nations intentions they do not cooperate such as the case with iran and when you here some of the threats iran directs at isreal it has to be investigated, Nations that spout off at the mouth and you know are up to no good must be stopped at all cost, Russia and china see america as there main enemy and never offer anything to world peace.

    by: NVO
    March 09, 2012 5:36 AM
    OF COURSE they are denying it. The White House is a bunch of New World Order proponents. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. NO ARGUING, NO SECOND GUESSING, NO DEBATING IT. NEW WORLD ORDER.

    by: Godwin
    March 08, 2012 11:20 PM
    That is as far as it can go - deny and deny. What matters is Congress' support not White House controversy. US says all options are on the table. Who owns the technology that Israel is asking for, US, or Israel? We know that Israel is even more advanced than the US in these technologies, even though US has economic advantage to produce it.. But Obama must stop fraternizing with Iran though we know where his heart is, for the sake of USA which he represents.

    by: ziarmal afghan
    March 08, 2012 9:00 PM
    it always good to put pressure on iran we hope do not attack on iran before time whey should try all the possible ways deplomacy to stop iran from neaclear weapons. if not than have attack in the front to destroy iran preducing uranume reacters.

    by: Gab
    March 08, 2012 3:30 PM
    It Iran's nuclear ambitions are strictly for peaceful purposes, then this is one more reason to cooperation with the UN.

    by: Ed
    March 08, 2012 3:03 PM
    Israel to the U.S.: OK we MIGHT hold off and not bomb Iran (thus throwing the western world and economy into calamity) IF you give us more stuff!

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