CHARLOTTE, NC, March 2, 2015 – On the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, several news agencies have picked up on a story claiming President Barack Obama stopped a military attack by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 with a threat to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets.
According to Ma’an, a Bethlehem-based news agency, a Kuwaiti newspaper claimed that Israel decided to strike Iran shortly after Netanyahu learned of the negotiations between the U.S. and Iran concerning a nuclear arms agreement.
Several publications, including the Washington Times, have reported that an anonymous Israeli minister informed Secretary of State John Kerry of the pending attack which ultimately led to Obama’s threat to shoot down Israeli aircraft.
Further details from The Daily Beast appear to indicate that the former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski has considerable influence in the Obama administration regarding foreign policy. Brzezinski was quoted as saying about the intended Israeli attack, “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? We have to be serious about denying them that right. If they fly over, you up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not.”
Well-placed sources state that Netanyahu deliberated for four nights with his commanders before deciding to commence with the attacks. In the end, the decision was made that Israel needed to do whatever was necessary to thwart an agreement between the White House and Iran.
Elsewhere, John Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has been actively confronting the Obama administration about its ineptitude in the arena of foreign policy.
Bolton ripped Obama over Brzezinski’s influence when it comes to dealing with ISIS. The president’s 2014 speech proclaiming that “ISIL is not Islamic” came just two days after Brzezinski was among an elite group of attendees at a private dinner at Pennsylvania Avenue where one of the topics on the agenda was the “ISIL is not Islamic” issue.
Over the weekend a panel of experts convened at the annual AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) Conference for discussions about the Iran situation.
Many of the experts argued that a nuclear Iran opens the door for other Middle Eastern countries to declare the need for nuclear arms themselves. Some panelists discussed what a “good deal” would look like with Iran compared to a “bad deal.”
In Middle Eastern parlance, a “good deal” is not “good” as the West knows it. It simply means “less bad.”
Dr. Emily Landau, a senor associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, bluntly pointed out that “It’s looking like it’s going to be a bad deal.” In an article reported by Breitbart News Landau added that Tehran could develop a fully functional nuclear weapon within a few months if they choose a nuclear “breakout” capacity.
Even more distressing is Landau’s observation that the Iranian negotiators have virtually no power to make an agreement, which, in essence, means that any pact will be obsolete even before it is signed.
Meanwhile, the political sparring continues to permeate Washington as the Obama administration challenges Netanyahu and the Israeli prime minister marches steadily forward to present his position to Congress and the American people.
It is an international game of “diplomatic chicken” and the winner may not necessarily be the one who survives.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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