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U.S. government wants to postpone any Israeli military action against Iran until late 2013.

Barak and Panetta meet in Israel. Photo credit EFE

The Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday decreased the importance of differences between Israel and the United States over Iran’s nuclear program, just before the start of a meeting with U.S. Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, in Tel Aviv .

Panetta, who arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon, met Barak, and throughout the day will meet in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

The visit was preceded by a sharp debate in Israel about the convenience of  attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities without Washington’s consent.

Local  israeli media informed that the main senior Israeli commanders of the army and intelligence services are not in favor of attacking Iran right now.

Last night, in an interview with Israeli radio station, Netanyahu assured his government has not yet taken a decision on the case, but that, as in any democracy, Israel “politicians make the decisions and the military are limited to execute them.”

A statement by U.S. Armed Forces, dated Tel Aviv, says that the secretary of defense Leo Panetta will focus the agenda on Iran.

In recent days, local press assured Panetta that U.S. will ask for more time, up to a year and a half for a negotiated solution with Iran, and that in his meetings to Netanyahu and Barak , Mr. Panetta will expose the U.S. war plans against Tehran if Iran does not accept international demands.

The Israeli authorities consider that both the sanctions and negotiations held with the group 5 +1 (the five permanent members of UN Security Council over Germany) failed and that Iran has not put out his program, as required by the West.