Israel and Saudi Arabia used to be staunch US Allies in the Middle East. The Obama Administration has been treating them both rather shabbily over the past few years, and they aren’t the only ones.
Obama is preparing for a visit to Saudi Arabia, to salvage the shambles that is US-Saudi relations. The US – led by Obama, appears to be incapable of making any decisions.
Few would ever have thought the day would come when Israel cast the United States aside and went alone against their greatest enemies.
The second round of Iranian nuclear talks opened in Vienna, Tuesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in attendance along with senior diplomats from six world powers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly said he has lost faith in the ongoing discussions. Only four months ago, after the west caved in to Iran, Netanyahu said it was a serious mistake. That stupid agreement allowed the Iranians to continue refining uranium, and lifted some sanctions that allowed billions of dollars to flow into Iran.
Mr. Obama and the State Department left Israel with no other choice than to take on Iran on their own. It was been reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have ordered their military to prepare for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The Israelis are not big on saber rattling. When they threaten to strike, they usually do, in a short period of time, once they are prepared.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israel Defense Forces have been allocated $2.89 billion from this year’s defense budget, for preparations to strike Iran.
For months, President Obama has been telling the Israelis that his accord between six world powers and Iran would work out. Unable to trust Obama’s plan, the Israelis are on their own, and they are planning to fend for themselves.
Netanyahu is again making implied threats about a possible unilateral Israeli strike.
At the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington earlier this month, Netanyahu said, “My friends, I believe that letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates. That must not happen. And we will make sure it does not happen.”
Should the Israelis launch a preemptive air strike on Iran’s nuclear locations, it may start a chain reaction that engulfs the entire region and possibly the world in a new and deadly conflict.
Whatever happened to U.S. friendship, and even more importantly, U.S. leadership?