Israel cannot afford to rely on Obama - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mladen Andrijasevic
    • 21.01.12 | 16:06 (IST)

    The whole business of trying to convince Israel that there is no danger in waiting more for the sanctions against Iran to work is becoming increasingly immoral. If the US administration had presented the case taking into account the opinions of the leading scholars of Islam like Bernard Lewis or Raphael Israeli who are convinced Iran cannot be deterred, then at least the public would have been aware of the risks involved. Unfortunately we have a case of an administration oblivious to other opinions, aided by an ignorant press which never considered it necessary to inform the public of the mindset of the Iranian leadership and the realistic possibility that the basic strategic doctrine of mutually assured destruction is not applicable to Iran any more. It is hardly surprising that Netanyahu cancelled the Austere Challenge drill probably out to fears that letting Americans be involved in the decision-making about attacking Iran would be dangerous for Israel. Our two countries do share the same interests and values but all the empirical evidence shows that Obama does not. If this were not an existential question for Israel the checks and balances inherent in the American political system would eventually take care of that, but with the doctrine of mutual assured destruction ineffective with regards to Iran, Israel just cannot afford to rely on someone as unreliable as Obama and Israel has to make its own decisions. MAD is Dead http://www.madisdead.blogspot.com/

    from the article: U.S. Chief of Staff: U.S. and Israel have shared understanding of Mideast security
    First published 10:57 21.01.12 | Last updated 10:57 21.01.12
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