April 21, 2010

YOU'RE NEVER ALONE...:

Israel Weighs Merits of Solo Attack on Iran: Officials, Seeing Impending Policy Split With U.S., Debate Prospect of a Military Strike Without Washington's Consent (CHARLES LEVINSON, 4/20/10, WSJ)

Israel says it supports the U.S.-led push for new economic sanctions against Iran. But Israeli officials have increasingly voiced frustration over the slow pace of diplomatic efforts to get sanctions in place.

Relations between the two allies have soured in recent weeks, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government pushing back against Obama administration pressure to freeze building in Jewish areas of East Jerusalem, which Washington says is counterproductive to its Mideast peace efforts.

In another sign of a split, Israeli officials say they believe Iran—whose president has called for the destruction of Israel—could develop a warhead to strike the country within a year if it decides to, though outside experts say such capability is years away. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful uses.

Such divisions have played into fears in Israel that if Washington's sanctions effort fails, the Israeli and American positions on Iran could rapidly diverge—and Israel, if it chooses to attack Iran, would have no choice but to do so on its own.


...with the support of two-thirds of the American people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2010 5:39 AM
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