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‘Washington Post’ says Netanyahu should lead U.S. on Iran policy

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Washington Post editorial deplores the daylight between US policy on Iran and Israel’s. (Hat tip Helena Cobban)

But the disagreement is still damaging. It conveys to Iran that there is no need to worry about a war; certainly, the country’s leaders have been behaving as if they feel no pressure to compromise. It also creates the bizarre spectacle of senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials focusing their time and attention on trying to prevent an Israeli attack rather than an Iranian bomb.

In the past week Mr. Netanyahu has hinted at how the U.S.-Israeli difference could be overcome: through a clear public statement by Mr. Obama of a willingness to take military action if Iran crosses certain “red lines” in its nuclear program. Israel has been seeking such a declaration for some time, but Mr. Obama has limited himself to saying that his policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a weapon and that “all options are on the table.”

Notice that Susan Glasser, editor of Foreign Policy, seems to say much the same thing in an interview with Robert Siegel on NPR yesterday.

SIEGEL: There are rhetorical differences between the two [US political parties] over dealing with Israel. Are there substantive differences?

GLASSER: Well, there’s no question that if you look at the relationship between Obama and the administration of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, it’s been very frosty, very hostile. And that could lead to a potential real problem should Israel decide to take preemptive military action against Iran, for example.

That being said, you can’t look right now and say here’s what Mitt Romney would do on Israel and Iran, and here’s how it’s different than Barack Obama.

Wait, what’s the problem? That Iran would regard an attack that would kill hundreds if not thousands of people and likely result in suffering across the Middle East as having nothing to do with the U.S.? Wouldn’t it be a good thing for our troops in Afghanistan, that we be divorced from Israeli militarism? Why is Israel’s war our war?

Also, how is Glasser’s position any different from Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s insistence that there must be no daylight between the Republicans and Democrats on Israel, and no daylight between the US and Israel?

(And yes, this is about American Jewish identity, too. Can Robert Siegel interrogate the American Jewish attachment to Zionism?)

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The idea that Israel could strike the Iranian nuclear facilities without US backing is ludicrous, any military strike would need to be in parallel with the destruction of any retaliatory response from Iran involving many weeks of bombing and thousands of sorties, something the Israelis just could not do. The middle east would be in flames, the Saudis and Gulf states if complicit would become targets, the idea that all those US assets in the… Read more »

The “bizarre spectacle of senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials focusing their time and attention on trying to prevent an Israeli attack rather than an Iranian bomb” only underscores just which nation actually presents the greatest danger in the region. And it’s not Iran.

WaPO has offices in foreign countries.They should demand that it register as a mouthpiece of a foreign country since it is carrying American flag for escape from scrutiny of falsification , engaging into chronic lying and dedicated to influencing public opinion for illegal wars on behalf of that foreign country by name Israel. I have seen a lot of news media from abroad that take the message from WaPo as gospel truth and as distilled… Read more »

Advocating against daylight is not new. Must . . . keep . . . daylight . . . OUT. Said Plato. Please just look at the shadows on the cave wall, and allow your philosopher king to explain them to you. DO NOT TURN AROUND TO LOOK FOR YOURSELF. Do not eat of fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or you will die.… Read more »

WaPo is engaged in hate crime only on an international scale