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Monday, March 29, 2010

Obama 'resigned' to nuclear Iran?

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton says that the Obama administration is 'resigned' to a nuclear Iran according to an interview with Israel's Army Radio.
“I very much worry the Obama administration is willing to accept a nuclear Iran, that's why there's this extraordinary pressure on Israel not to attack in Iran,” Bolton told Army Radio.

The former envoy claimed that this pressure was the focus of last week's meetings in Washington between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau and US officials, including President Barack Obama.

Bolton said that the Obama administration had embraced the view, prevalent in Europe, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the key to the resolution of all other conflicts throughout the Middle East, including the Iranian conflict.

He added that the rift in US-Israel relations stemmed from a fundamental difference in the understanding of the Middle East and Israel's role in the Middle East, and is not really about east Jerusalem at all.

Bolton said that the treatment Netanyahu received during his visit "should tell the people of Israel how difficult it's going to be dealing with Washington for the next couple of years."
I put 'resigned' in scare quotes, because I'm not sure that it's the correct word here. It seems more and more like Obama is looking forward to a nuclear Iran. It would be a great way for him to get Israel to do what he wants regarding Jerusalem and a 'Palestinian state.'

What could go wrong?


At 12:16 AM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

A´djad has to be destroyed

At 12:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I won't go into it again except to say that Israel can protect its national interests even in the face of US presidential pressure. Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, said "No" to JFK over the Dimona nuclear reactor. The US and Israel subsequently agreed Israel could build and keep a nuclear arsenal as long as Israel didn't make its existence official.

Gerald Steinberg has the details here:

When Ben Gurion Said "NO" To JFK

After 50 years, its striking how little things have changed with crises of this sort and both countries somehow managed to put them behind them.


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