President Obama has given more help in military aid dollars and military equipment to the state of Israel than any other US leader, something I find reprehensible given Israel’s plainly un-democratic apartheid regime. However, credit where it is due – he’s finally given up his obsession with preserving his options and taken the advice of his military leaders, using an un-ignorable proxy to end any chance of Israel dragging the world into a senseless regional conflict at least while Obama is in office.
Stunned by a rebuke from the United States’ top general, Israel is preparing a climbdown strategy in its war of words over Iran’s nuclear programme, aware that its room for manoeuvre is shrinking rapidly.
…In a move that dismayed Israeli ministers, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in Britain last week that the United States did not want to be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.
He also warned that go-it-alone military action risked unraveling an international coalition that has applied progressively stiff sanctions on Iran, which insists that its ambitious nuclear project is purely peaceful.
Dempsey’s stark comments made clear to the world that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was isolated and that if he opted for war, he would jeopardise all-important ties with the Jewish state’s closest ally.
“Israeli leaders cannot do anything in the face of a very explicit ‘no’ from the U.S. president. So they are exploring what space they have left to operate,” said Giora Eiland, who served as national security adviser from 2003 to 2006.
“Dempsey’s announcement changed something. Before, Netanyahu said the United States might not like (an attack), but they will accept it the day after. However, such a public, bold statement meant the situation had to be reassessed.”
Well done, Mr. Obama.