US rejected Israeli request for hardware to raid Iranian nuclear facility


 Israel wanted to send commandos to break into the Fordo nuclear facility in Iran and sabotage it from the inside, WSJ reports. The US considered it a suicide mission and refused to sell Israel military hardware that could be used in such a raid.

The episode, dating back to 2012, is part of a developing crisis of confidence that Israel and the US plunged into under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal says relations started deteriorating in 2009, when Netanyahu met Obama in the White House and started briefing reporters immediately without coordinating with the Americans.

Washington tried to reassure Israel of US support by expanding joint clandestine operations against Iran and boosting cooperation between the CIA and the Mossad. But they were reluctant to back more-radical plans suggested by Israel, like bringing down the Iranian financial system or instigating an all-out regime change in the Islamic Republic, the newspaper said.