Press TV - The Pentagon's deliberate leak of Tel Aviv's military maneuver is seen in Israel as an attempt to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
In a Saturday report published in the Yediot Aharonot, military affairs correspondent Alex Fishman suggested that the US had leaked information about a recent Israeli military exercise in a bid to take the psywar against Iran to a new level.
"As the Iranian regime discusses the European Union representative's most recent offer to halt its nuclear program in exchange for extensive benefits, the Americans opted to add a bit more pressure in the shape of Israel's air force," Fishman said.
"When the diplomacy of economic and political pressure fails to produce results, a shift is made to gunboat diplomacy," he added.
In a recent New York Times report, unnamed Pentagon officials revealed that Israel had carried out a major military maneuver in early June to prepare for a future attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The maneuver involved over 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters.
Israeli Maariv daily commentator Amir Rappaport described Pentagon's leak as an attempt 'to deter Iran and increase pressure on it to cooperate' with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Ha'aretz analyst Yossi Melman claimed that Israel views an attack on Iran as a last resort and would not strike without first coordinating with the United States.
"Another variable is international sanctions on Iran. These are being applied sluggishly," opined Melman.
"But Israel still has not given up hope that Moscow and Beijing will change their policies and impose harsher sanctions," he claimed.
While Israel bars UN nuclear watchdog inspections of its nuclear facilities and according to US president Jimmy Carter possesses over 200 nuclear warheads, it accuses Tehran of 'developing weapon-grade uranium'.
This is while some 240 inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities have resulted in the publication of an IAEA report confirming that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and 'the alleged studies' of weaponization attributed to Iran by Western countries.
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