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The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry — including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes — in exchange for Israel’s agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.
President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington this week.
Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.
On Thursday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei welcomed Obama’s support for finding a diplomatic solution to the Iranian crisis.
“This talk is good talk and shows an exit from illusion,” AFP reported Khamenei as saying, citing the leader’s website. However, Khamenei criticised the continued imposition of international sanctions against Iran.
“The US president continued saying that he wants to make the Iranian people kneel through sanctions, this part of this speech shows the continuation of illusion in this issue,” he said.
A statement issued Thursday on behalf of the so-called P5+1 countries — the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany — urged Iran to enter into a “serious dialogue” and “without pre-conditions” on its nuclear program.