Israel conducted a major aerial military exercise over the eastern Mediterranean Sea this month, a U.S. military official confirmed.
Israel reportedly may have wanted to show it can attack Iran's nuclear program, which includes the Natanz plant.
The June 2 exercise was first reported Friday in The New York Times.
The United States believes that the maneuvers were in part an Israeli effort to send a public message that it has the capability to attack Iran's nuclear program, the official said.
The exercise involved dozens of Israeli warplanes, including F-15s, F-16s and aerial refueling tanker aircraft, the official said. The size and scope of the exercise ensured that the United States and other nations in the region saw it, the official said.
Watch Where Israel Conducted The Excersise.