Sources in the Likud explained Netanyahu’s refusal to commit to a “no surprises” policy regarding military action against Iran.
“The US request for “no surprises” was intended for operational activity and not for negotiations with Iran on the nuclear agreement, which Israel is not a party to in any case. The non-binding answer was: ‘We will consider your request, but will maintain full freedom of action.'”
“Even in the initial discussions on a defense alliance with the United States, Netanyahu made it clear that in this context, too, Israel does not commit to a ‘no surprises’ policy and that it would maintain freedom of action and initiative,” they said.