The Obama Administration And Israel: A Point Of Convergence On Iran?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 18, 2009

That’s the conclusion suggested by Noah Pollak’s piece, which actually does make a fair amount of sense. One can easily imagine the Obama Administration continuing to try to reach out to Iran, while at the same time, keeping military options open with Israel as the vehicle for those options. Talks between the United States and Iran could consist of a lot of suggestions from the American side to the effect that while the United States wants to keep things peaceful, there may not be a lot the U.S. could do in order to keep those crazy Israelis from launching an attack, given the Israeli view that Iran could pose an “existential threat” to Israel.

Or something like that. Of course, this strategy depends on how well the Obama Administration is able to coordinate with the Netanyahu government. Such coordination is going to be tougher to maintain in the long term than many people think, given the number of foreign policy pundits and actual policymakers who search out the nearest television cameras to declare their hope, wish, and dream that the United States “stand up” to Israel. If these people succeed in driving a wedge between the Obama Administration and the Netanyahu government, any attempt on the part of the United States and Israel to carry on a credible “good cop, bad cop” act will be seriously undermined.

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