Nightly News | February 19, 2012
>> let's get washington's take on this now from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell . andrea, what do you make of the u.s. and britain bluntly calling on israel not to attack?
>> reporter: well, lester, the obama administration and the brits believe that day rob is blustering. they believe the exports were about to be shut down by european sanctions. european officials believe those tough sanction are exactly why iran has agreed to come back to nuclear talks. u.s. officials hope that those negotiations could prompt iran to eventually agree not to pursue a weapons program but israel is not on the same page. today joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey who was in tel aviv last month called iran a rational actor but said israel does not accept that view and is not ready to trust diplomacy saying a strike would be destabilizing and not achieve israel 's goal. tom don lynn is in israel and met with netanyahu, trying to persuade israel that iran does not yet have the technical capacity to build a bomb, hasn't decided to build a bomb and that sanctions can still work.
>> andrea mitchell in our washington