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February 13, 2012 1:37 pm

Mossad Chief Wanted to Size up U.S. Reaction to Israeli Strike on Iran

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Mossad chief Tamir Pardo’s visit to Washington last month was meant to get a feel for how the Obama administration would react to a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Daily Beast reported on Monday.

Quoting a U.S. official who was involved in the high-level meetings between Pardo and senior U.S. officials in Washington, the report said Pardo wanted “to take the pulse” of the Obama administration to see what the consequences would be if Israel moved forward with a military strike on Iran despite U.S. objections.

The U.S. official told The Daily Beast that Pardo raised several questions with his hosts, including, “What is [Washington’s] posture on Iran? Are we [the U.S.] ready to bomb? Would we [do so later]? What does it mean if [Israel] does it anyway?”

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