A new report claims that the United States could cut its strategic alliance with Israel in the event of the Jewish state mounting a strike against Iran. This would represent the first real threat to Israel's existence since 1973.
The report, entitled "How the US benefited from its alliance with Israel", states that US President Barak Obama appears ready to hit the "reset" button with Tel Aviv in the face of Iran's nuclear escalation, having hinted at his desire to restructure the conditions of US relations with Israel.
Published by the Israeli Gloria Centre, the report also stated that President Obama has focused intensely on the issue of settlement construction in the West Bank – more, in fact, than has been shown towards North Korea's nuclear weapons programme or the suppression of opposition groups by Iran – while showing little interest in Israel's strategic position.
The possibility of the President ending America's military and security relationship with Israel should Tel Aviv mount a unilateral strike against Iran cannot be ruled out. Such an action would render Obama's position comparable to that of France when it implemented a caveat on the sale of its weapons to Israel following the 1967 war. At that time, France had been the primary supplier of weapons to Israel since 1956.
The report confirms that no one really knows how President Obama will react should Israel direct a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. It stressed, however, that in view of the Obama administration's record of working with Tel Aviv, it could well take advantage of the most recent dealings as a pretext for blocking the alliance. As such, the authors of the report warn, Israel should take careful consideration of this before making any decisions regarding Iran.
Source: Sama News