The US Axios website reported that the US and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “Plan B” if the nuclear talks were not resumed.
According to “Axios,” the bilateral meeting was held via a video conference call, led by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Holata.
From President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Bennett’s recent meeting in Washington
A White House spokesperson confirmed to Axios that the United States is still engaged in ongoing consultations with the Israeli government on a range of issues related to the challenge posed by Iran.
In light of the continuation of the so-called shadow war between Iran and Israel since 2019, the newly retired Israeli Navy Commander Eli Sharvit revealed that his country has intensified its activities in the Red Sea “significantly” to confront the growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping.
In an interview with The Associated Press, days after his five-year term expired, he said the Israeli navy is able to strike wherever necessary to protect its economic and security interests.
While he refrained from talking about the series of attacks and accidents that affected Iranian ships during the past months, which were attributed to Israel, he described the activities of the Iranian forces on the high seas as a source of great Israeli concern.
He also considered that Israel would protect freedom of navigation around the world, saying that “this matter is not related to how far the danger is from his country.”
This statement comes to confirm, albeit indirectly, the Western reports that revealed during the last period that about 20 ships were attacked at least by mines, drones and commando forces during the rapidly escalating shadow war between Tehran and Tel Aviv since 2019.