Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak flies to Washington tonight for the latest in increasingly frequent talks with senior US officials on the Iranian nuclear threat.
Barak’s visit comes less than one week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres arrive in the Unites States and meet with American President Barack Obama.
Netanyahu said that Iran will be the main topic of discussion with Obama. “Iran continues with its rapid progress on its nuclear program, while brutally ignoring and defying the international community,” Netanyahu said at a recent cabinet meeting.
Barack is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
US Ambassador Dan Shapiro said last week that the frequency of visits between Israeli and American senior officials was unprecedented. “There is no other country in the world, relationship in the world, where senior leaders invest that kind of time to ensure that they have total coordination,” he said.