WASHINGTON - The United States and Israel are quietly forming a high-level working group to exchange studies over the issues of Iran, including intelligence about the countrys nuclear programme and progress of outreach to the country, the Washington Times reported Wednesday. The agreement, reached during Mondays meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, gives the US a clear channel for communicating with the new Israeli government and a vehicle for keeping tabs on any military contingency plans Israel might make if diplomacy fails and Iran develops nuclear weapons capability, the report said. While Netanyahu publicly endorsed Obamas plan for negotiation with Iran, the Israeli leader has also pressed for a timetable for negotiations and is seeking a firm commitment from Obama about what would happen if diplomacy does not persuade Iran to end uranium enrichment, the report quoted unidentified Israeli officials as saying. Officials familiar with the US-Israeli summit said that final details are still being discussed but that the American side would be represented either by deputy national security adviser Thomas Donilon or by national security adviser James Jones. The Israeli side would be represented by Jones counterpart, Uzi Arad. Both sides have long consulted closely on strategic issue, but the new working group will focus exclusively on Iran, which is seen by Israelis as a major threat.