Strategic challenges between America and Israel about attack on Iran
Obama’s refusal to meet with Israeli Prime Minister and media analysis of the cause of action, former U.S President Jimmy Carter warning on America’s stance against Iran and the Middle East, Britain opposition to possible military action against Iran and the French president’s request for the Zionist regime’s pursuit of diplomacy are the key events relating to the topic of military attack on Iran.
The relationship between U.S President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu was cold and icy since the first day that both of them came to power.
Obama was trying to convince Netanyahu government to follow the UN resolutions on the borders of Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and these efforts were not pleasant for Israel in any way. These cold relationships continued until the point that perhaps for the first time during last two decades, Obama became the first U.S president which didn’t go to Israel in the first round of his presidency. In recent days, it seems that the chill in relation between U.S and Israel has entered a new stage.
From 7 months ago, U.S and Israel had planned to hold a joint military exercise and it was scheduled to be an alarming show for Iran. But according to Time magazine, reliable sources on both sides said that US has drastically reduced its forces in the exercise. While it is was originally scheduled that at least 5,000 U.S. troops participated in exercises, the Pentagon announced that only 1,500 troops would be dispatched to participate in the exercise.
This nearly two-thirds reduction in troops could be effective in a possible joint decision to attack on Iran. Adopting this approach, the U.S actually gives a message to Israel that it does not agree with a military attack on Iran.
The escalation of disputes between U.S and Israel which recently led to Obama’s refusal to meet Netanyahu has been very unprecedented. Alongside this, Former U.S president “Jimmy Carter” in a new interesting comment requested Obama to avoid “drawing a line in the sand” over Iran’s nuclear program.
Israeli media, on the other hand, say that Netanyahu and Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak are concerned that U.S will not stand up for Israel during the attack on Iran. These media reported that Netanyahu is seeking to persuade Barack Obama to guarantee in the written form that U.S will accompany Israel during the attack on Iran if the historic sanctions did not work or Tehran continued uranium enrichment. However, U.S president refused to give such guarantees.
Apparently, the Obama administration is determined to prevent any possible Israeli attack on Iran. A case in point is the recent stance by U.S military Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as reduced Washington’s military cooperation with Tel Aviv, which has angered the Zionists. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going through difficult days. He is strongly under pressure in both domestic and international fronts.
However, the something once again sparked controversy between Washington and Tel Aviv, was the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear activities. Citing to the IAEA report, Israel claims that: “This report confirms the acceleration of Iran’s nuclear activities and it (nuclear program) need to be stopped with any possible way (military act). However, the White House insists that the report’s findings strengthen the hypothesis that there is still time to apply diplomacy. But a controversial stance about Israel’s decision to attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities was expressed by U.S military Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsy, saying that: “If Israel attacked Iran, it should not be expected to be supported by Washington.”
It was the first time that a senior U.S military leader disappointed Zionists totally. Because according to the all analyses and assessments of possible Israeli military action against Iran that have ever been published, it has been emphasized that in the case of Israeli attack on Iran, U.S unintentionally will enter the conflict. The U.S elections is scheduled to be held within the next two months and there is no doubt that if Barack Obama wins the election, Netanyahu will be forced to pay the costs of their actions. The result of all these verbal and practical positions by U.S officials show that they are very serious on preventing an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, especially before the U.S presidential elections.
By: Mehrdad Halalkhor Phd.