US to Consult Closely on Iran with Israel

Close consultation process on the threat that Iran poses was agreed during the White House meeting last week of US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata dedicated on strengthening the US-Israel partnership, Israel Defense reports.

Sullivan and Hulata also discussed Israel’s recently improved relationship with Jordan and the process of normalization of Israel’s relations with the countries in the Arab and Muslim world, mentioning at the same time the positive steps related to the Palestinians as being critical to peace, security and prosperity, and the upcoming visit to Washington by Israeli PM Naftali Bennett.

Addressing a question about a possible Israeli retaliatory strike on Iran following the recent attack on the Israeli-owned petroleum tanker, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki underlined that Israel is making its own decisions as a sovereign country but the US will note every single challenge and threat from Iran since it relates to its own engagement in nuclear talks.

The region’s dynamic security environment was also discussion topic in the phone call between the head of the US Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie and the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieut. Gen. Aviv Kocha.

With regards to the Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, the US has held discussions about a possible collective response with Israel, Britain and Romania.

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