Israel Asks U.S. For Arms That Could Aid in Strike Against Iran

A front-page article in the Israeli newspaper, Ma’ariv, stated Thursday that President Obama agreed to give Israel upgraded military hardware if Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to not attack Iran in 2012.

According to an Israeli official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Israel asked the United States for advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran’s underground nuclear sites.

“Such a request was made” when Prime Minister Netanyahu visited Washington this week, the official said, confirming media reports.

Netanyahu told Obama at a White House meeting on Monday that Israel had not yet decided on military action against Iran, sources close to the talks said.

Netanyahu has hinted that Israel could resort to force should Tehran continue to defy pressure to curb its nuclear program.

Israel has a limited cache of older, smaller bunker-busters and a small fleet of refueling planes, all supplied by the U.S.

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