Skip to comments.Contentions Lack of Trust in Obama Makes It Hard for Israel to Consult on Iran
Posted on 11/15/2011 9:17:22 AM PST by Driftwood1
Apologists for the Obama administration will spend the next year touting U.S.-Israel security cooperation in an effort to bolster the Democrats re-election chances. But a report in the Guardian this past weekend about the breakdown of communication between the two countries on the most important issue facing them undermines that talking point.
According to the Guardian, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak both refused to reassure Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Israel would consult with the United States first before launching an attack on Irans nuclear sites. Panetta, who did the Iranians a favor last week by pouring cold water on the idea of a U.S. strike on their nukes, wanted a guarantee from the Israelis that they would ask Americas permission before acting. But though there was no confirmation such an Israeli campaign is being planned, Panetta did not get his guarantee. The reason for this is so clear that even Jeffrey Goldberg, who has served as one of the presidents chief cheerleaders on the question of his pro-Israel bona fides, understands what is going on: the Israelis simply dont trust Obama.
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That makes two of us
Israel realizes that anything it tells Obama in confidence will be relayed straight to Iran.
Good call by the Israelis.