Monday, March 10, 2003

Always the "fly-on-the-wall", Shimon Shiffer writes in today's Yediot Ahronot that the US has determined that it will not give Israel advance notice of the attack on Iraq. This is because Israeli officials keep leaking hints about when the war will begin eg. the head of military intelligence Aron Zeevi Farkash said it will be March 18.

Correction: Reading the actual article rather than the sensational headline, it seems that the US was merely "considering" reducing the advance notice that would be supplied to Israel so as to prepare Patriots etc. The Foreign Ministry has instructed all its officials (aside from the Prime, Foreign, and Defence Ministers and the National Spokesman) to refrain from commenting on the Iraq situation.

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