The Pentagon is preparing "aerial refueling" for Israeli planes striking Iran. According to DEBKAfile, in a dramatic U-turn to show Israel that Washington is serious about its military option against Iran's nuclear program, Pentagon officials disclosed on March 1 that military options being prepared "start with providing refueling for Israeli planes and include attacking the pillars of the clerical regime. They include the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its elite Quds (Kudz) Force, regular Iranian military bases and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in Washington's first public reference to possible joint military action with Israel against Iran.
Tel Aviv prepares bomb shelters amid Iranian tensions. According to the Associated Press, underneath the plaza outside Israel's Ha-bi-ma national theater, Israel has put the finishing touches on a new gathering place that it hopes will never host a crowd: the country's most advanced public underground bomb shelter. The shelter, four stories underground and with space for 1,600 people, is part of Tel Aviv's elaborate civil defense infrastructure. City officials have been beefing up shelters and emergency services in recent months at a time of rising tensions with Iran and militant groups in the Gaza Strip.
Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the U.S. to talk about Iran. According to the Associated Press, Israel's prime minister sets off this week on a U.S. visit clouded by a deepening rift with Washington, which is pressing Israel to hold off on any attack against Iran's suspected nuclear program. These differences have created tension ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's arrival at the White House on Monday. Aides to the Israeli leader would not say what he plans to tell President Barack Obama.
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