Israel 'does not inform' US of its attacks on Iran nuclear sites: report
Israel is increasingly taking matters into its own hands with its ramped-up attacks on Iranian scientists and nuclear sites, as well as its operations within Iranian borders, the former and current officials told the American news network.
Israel does not inform the US of its activities in time and seldom acknowledges them, and the Biden administration has generally abstained from interfering with Israel’s alleged sabotage and assassination activities, the officials said.
The CNN report comes as US President Joe Biden is set to visit both Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as the occupied West Bank, as part of his first trip to the Middle East since becoming president.
Both Israel and Saudi Arabia want the US to better constrain Iran amid stalled talks over reviving a 2015 nuclear deal, the report said.
Tensions between arch-foes Iran and Israel have spiked since the killing of Revolutionary Guards commander Hassan Sayyad Khodai last month, which Tehran has blamed on Tel Aviv.
Iranian state media confirmed earlier this week that three Mossad-linked intelligence officers, whose nationalities have not been specified, will be tried for 'plans to assassinate scientists'.
Israel is staunchly against Iran's nuclear programme and has pledged to prevent Tehran from ever acquiring a nuclear bomb.
It is thought to have carried out a series of assassinations and cyber attacks in an attempt to sabotage Tehran's nuclear programme, including the high-profile assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in November 2020.
A bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal said last week that Israel secretly coordinates with the United States in its airstrikes against Iranian targets.
American officials have for years reviewed Israeli missions on Iranian targets in Syria for approval, WSJ said, citing anonymous officials.