True to hapless U.S. Middle East foreign policy form, and with its usual unrealistic expectations, the U.S. has participated in a provisional nuclear deal with Tehran. Once again, further delays and uncertanty mark this new U.S. policy.
The sanctions imposed on Iran,even though they had been sorely felt, were never enough to deter the Mullahs from their ultimate nuclear weapons ambitions. But now, with the U.S. temporarily lifting sanctions for six months, the Mullahs have secured an easier path forward that will reduce Iran’s internal domestic tensions created by the sanctions.
The frustration and fury of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over this latest Iranian deal should be obvious. Netanyahu, an intelligent person with a unique historical perspective on his regional enemies, and the existential dangers faced by Israel, must once again decide whether it is possible to attach his nation’s fate, in part, to policies of the U.S. government which he likely perceives to be fickle and appeasing in nature.
In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, when Egypt and Syria stormed into Israel,surprising the Israelis,and unexpectedly destroying a large part of Israel’s military assets,including planes, tanks and troops.
Israel at the time urgently pleaded with the U.S.for emergency resupplies. But it was only after President Richard Nixon stepped in to overrule his senior cabinet officials,including State Secretary Henry Kissinger, who was more intent on appeasing the Arabs, that replacement arms started flowing to Israel,and Israel was able to regain control of the situation and win the War.
At present there is no one in the White House with the will of a Richard Nixon like there was in 1973. President Nixon clearly understood the vital importance of Israel as our most crucial and trusted friend in the region,and honored our pledge to Israel even though political consequences were likely to result with our Arab allies. Nixon showed the will and determination to defend and protect Israel at this most critical time. Nixon clearly had Israel’s back. He made good on a time honored commitment to a valued and trusted ally in Israel.
Obama clearly has not demonstrated friendly allied intentions toward Israel during much of his time in office,and has been at political odds with Netanyahu repeatedly over everything from dual statehood, to Israeli settlements, to Iranian nuclear policy and strategy.
After President Obama’s failures and inactions in Benghazi to protect American lives,resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens,and three other Americans from attacks by radical Islamic terrorists,and Obama’s failure to act decisively after the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons even after Obama’s “red line” threats, why would Netanyahu ever reason that Israel could rely on the U.S. for Israel’s imminent security needs?
Realistically,Israel would be better served by reaching mutual defense pacts with other Gulf States in the region like Saudi Arabia, who feel the same threat from Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons as does Israel.