The US and Israel
|Gidon Ben-zvi||December 22nd 2013|
Israelâ€™s vocal criticism of the international communityâ€™s dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue is actually beneficial to the United States, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said recently, according to Israeli daily Maâ€™ariv.
This surprising announcement was made during a private meeting in Washington over the weekend, the paper reported. Clintonâ€™s statement contravenes the official U.S. policy to date, which has been to repeatedly and bluntly reject Israelâ€™s vociferous objections to the substance of talks held in Geneva between Iran and world powers â€“ convened in order to find a peaceful way to convince the Islamic Republic to curb its nuclear activity.
According to Clinton, as cited by Maâ€™ariv, Israel is perceived as a close ally of the United States and therefore Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s repeated warnings of possible military action against Iran are taken seriously. Clinton also noted that Israeli criticism helps the U.S. in its dealings with Russia and China â€“ two countries with relatively warm relations with Iran.
The former U.S. Secretary of State also concluded, citing recent history, that the successful development of a crippling sanctions regime against Iran in the United Nations Security Council was facilitated by the lingering possibility of an Israeli attack against the Islamic Republic.
Gidon Ben-zvi writes for the Algemeiner, from where this article is adapted.