...(T)here is one great unspoken secret at the complicated heart of this highly sensitive relationship between two true allies facing what, for one of them -- the weaker and more immediately threatened one -- is a potentially existential danger: There is no circumstance, absolutely no circumstance whatsoever, in which the United States will empathize with an Israeli decision to strike alone at Iran's nuclear facilities.Why is this so fraught and complicated? A) Because Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn't fully trust President Obama to carry out such a preemptive attack; and B) Both Netanyahu, deep in his Revisionist Zionist bones, and the defense minister, Ehud Barak, deep in his Labor Zionist bones, believe that it is a great moral wrong for Israel to subcontract out its defense to another country, even to its most stalwart ally. The Obama Administration understands the internal pressure these two men are facing, which is why it is dispatching half the cabinet this summer to Jersualem, to try to calm them down.
No American official will come out and say this. No Israeli official will acknowledge it. But that is the case, notwithstanding Obama's declared support for "Israel's sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs."
By the way, The Times of Israel, which Horovitz edits, is rapidly becoming an indispensable source for news and analysis out of Jerusalem. Its knee doesn't jerk in the fashion of The Jerusalem Post, and it is not prone to hysterics, as is sometimes the case with Haaretz.
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