News : Middle East
- Published: Wednesday, 28 January 2015
By INU staff
INU- In addition to arguing that apprehensions over Iran’s nuclear program are overblow, Tuesday’s editorial in the Jerusalem Post suggests that the current conflict over sanctions legislation is driving an unnecessary wedge between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, and harming Israel’s ability to meaningfully impact the Western approach to negotiations.
That wedge is related in large part to an invitation that was extended to Netanyahu by US Speaker of the House John Boehner without consultation with the Obama administration. This and other invitations for Israeli input are frequently explained in terms of the extent to which Israeli stands to be directly impacted by Iranian advancements in its nuclear program and regional ambitions.
Despite its apparent disagreements with the Israeli government, there is little doubt that the Obama administration is aware of the extent of this impact, especially in light of Tuesday’s AP report indicating that Iran had redoubled its warnings of retaliation against Israel, channeling those warnings through its communications with US officials.
Those threats relate to a January 18 attack on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian-controlled area of the Golan Heights. The attack also killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, although former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit speculates that this may have been unintentional. However, others have suggested that the attack may have been aimed in part at revealing Iran’s growing presence in the region.
According to WND, Shavit also said in a radio interview on Sunday that retaliation for the Golan Heights incident may be directed not against Israel itself, but by Jews abroad, in keeping with terrorist attacks that have been directed by Iran in the past, often through its prominent foreign proxy and the clear Golan Heights target, Hezbollah.
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