The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country's nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.
According to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to clarify that the US does not intend to back Israel in a strike that may spark a regional conflict.
In return, Washington reportedly expects Iran to steer clear of strategic American assets in the Persian Gulf, such as military bases and aircraft carriers.
Israeli officials reported an unprecedented low in the two nations' defense ties, which stems from the Obama administration's desire to warn Israel against mounting an uncoordinated attack on Iran.
The New York Times reported Monday that US President Barack Obama is promoting a series of steps meant to curb an Israeli offensive against Iran, while forcing the Islamic Republic to take the nuclear negotiations more seriously....
Obama is on his knees before the mullahs of Iran, while threatening the Jews with abandonment in the face of an existential enemy building a weapon meant to wipe them out of existence. As shockingly shallow as it seems, it does in fact appear as if it is more important for Obama to save face than it is for him to save Israel from certain destruction.
The most pro-Israel president ever? If you believe that, I have a recovery summer I'd like to sell to you.
Incidentally, a newly energy-empowered Israel is not without friends, should Obama pull American support from our spiritual little sister. Should Israel be forced to turn to these less-scrupulous allies, well...the damage to the United States will be long-term, both diplomatically and economically.
Putin cancelled his visit to the United States to attend the G8 in May—a trip that was supposed to mark the reset of the reset of the U.S.-Russia relationship—on the grounds he was too busy. But he found the time to go to Israel on the first official state visit of his second presidency
...the State-owned China Communications Construction Company has been chosen to build a 350-kilometer high-speed railway linking Tel Aviv near the Mediterranean and Port of Eilat on the Red Sea, with a designated speed of 250-300 kilometers an hour, Katz told reporters at the Israeli Embassy in Beijing.
"We've found a lot of gas in Israel, and maybe it can be a base of discussions. There are some discussions about exporting the gas to China," Katz told the Global Times, noting that the railway may be related to future Sino-Israel energy cooperation.
The railway has strategic significance because it will also provide a land-based passage for Chinese cargo to Europe,
All so that one man to avoid admitting defeat at the negotiating table. I suppose wars have started and alliances sundered over less, but not in my lifetime.
Change, I suppose.