Much ado in the Middle Eastern press of late about Israel’s intentions toward Iran – and any American inclination to go along for the ride.
Israeli paper to Obama – ‘Rein In Netanyahu’
Ha’aretz, Israel’s liberal daily broadsheet, is running a plethora of pieces which indicate that their editorial writers, at least, would like to put the brakes on things for a while.
Over the weekend, reporter Amir Oren filed a piece from Fort Worth in Texas, where defense contractor Lockheed Martin is building the new F-35 fighter jet. Israel is expecting to take delivery of 19 aircraft – but not until 2018. Reason enough, says Oren, to hold off any strike on Iran in the meantime.
In today’s paper, Chief Political Columnist Akiva Edlar urges President Barack Obama to step in and use his influence to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from launching any attack on Tehran.
Eldar’s concern is that the U.S. Republican hopefuls, were they to make it to the White House, would not exercise the same restraint. Especially in the face of persuasive arguments from an Israeli ally.
“There is a good reason why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wont to describe Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Hitler. How can the leaders of countries that did not prevent the murder of six million Jews object to the right of Israel to defend itself from the deadly foe who wishes to destroy the Jewish state?”