This should not come as a surprise, but according to Haaretz, Leon Panetta pressed Netanyahu and Barak on Israel’s intentions towards the Iranian nuclear program.
Netanyahu and Barak clarified nothing, which in itself is a clarification.
Even Barak, a cookie-cutter Israeli leftist—which means that he’s not completely suicidal—has no interest in “coordinating” with an Obama administration much less working with the so-called “international community.”
No wonder Panetta made that nasty comment about Israel’s isolation.
Better isolated than loved and annihilated.
Obama is in the process of surrendering Iraq to Iran, and Afghanistan to the Taliban. Israel understands that Obama is a leaky vessel in relation to America’s allies and certainly the most anti-Israel POTUS in history.
Israel will do what is in her best interests.
And that means, sooner or later, military action against Iran.
Officials in the U.S. administration noted that, in the months prior to Panetta’s visit, there had been a substantial reduction in Israeli pronouncements on the Iranian issue, both in public but also privately through diplomatic and defense channels. This caused the Americans to come to the conclusion that they needed to get a clearer picture from Israel regarding where things stood, the American sources said.
Panetta raised the Iranian issue in his talks in Israel with both Netanyahu and Barak. He sought not only to hear about Israel’s intentions but also to underline that the U.S. was interested in full coordination with Israel on the issue of the Iranian nuclear threat. The American defense secretary hinted that the Americans did not want to be surprised by Israel. For their parts, however, Netanyahu and Barak avoided providing a clear response, answering vaguely and in general terms.
During his visit here, Panetta held a joint news conference with Barak at which the American hinted that his country opposes an Israeli assault on Iran. Panetta said countries must work together to assure that Iran did not pose a threat to the region, adding that a solution to the Iranian nuclear issue requires the coordination of the international community.
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