President Barack Obama announced that he does not think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran over its disputed nuclear program, leaving the entire Middle East region on edge, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, Obama sought to assure allies and enemies alike that the U.S. was working with the Israelis to solve the crisis, “hopefully diplomatically.”
The AP reported that Obama’s comments came as Israel’s major allies in the West are working hard to talk it out of a unilateral military strike on the nuclear facilities of Iran, as they argued that an attack would only strengthen the leadership in Tehran.
“I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do,” Obama said during an interview with NBC News prior to the Super Bowl.
CNN reported that the comments by Obama came after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters that there is a growing likelihood that Israel could attack Iran in the Spring. The President noted that both the U.S. and Israel were not taking any options off the table in terms of dealing with the nuclear program spearheaded by officials in Tehran.