Dempsey denies he advised Israel against striking Iran

February 28, 2012 21:14

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey on Tuesday told a senate panel that he did not instruct Israel against an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Dempsey, who visited Israel for high-level talks in January, was answering the Senate panel's questions on comments he made about a possible Israeli attack on Iran earlier this month. In an interview with CNN the US military chief had said that such an attack would be destabilizing.

“A strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve their long-term objectives,” Dempsey said of the Israelis. “I wouldn’t suggest, sitting here today, that we’ve persuaded them that our view is the correct view and that they are acting in an ill-advised fashion,” he said in the CNN interview.

On Tuesday, Dempsey said that he had merely spoken to Israeli officials about "the issue of time," and not advised them against a military strike on Iran.

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