General Sir Peter Richards
High-level defence talks – with Iran at the top of the agenda – took place this week in Britain and Israel as reports of a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear programme intensified.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with his UK counterparts, immediately after a visit to Israel by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.
The talks took place as reports suggested that Britain was ready to back the US in a possible strike on Iran.
No official details were released in either country regarding Mr Barak’s meetings with Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and National Security Adviser Sir Peter Ricketts, or General Richards’ talks with the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz. But a senior Israeli official said that “naturally, at these meetings, the Iranian situation is at the top of the agenda.”