US-Israel relations won't be affected by nuclear deal with Iran -opinion

Published date20 September 2022
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
The issue is not as superficial as some observers and analysts think. The Israeli-American strategic alliance is not being tested as much as people think

The whole issue revolves around the cycle of mutual coordination to find the best alternatives that guarantee the interests of the two allies.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid recently said Israel has the full freedom to prevent any nuclear threat. That there are no American constraints on Israel's decision if it decides to prevent an imminent nuclear threat.

I think the man was just telling the truth. Israel cannot agree to accept restrictions imposed by the United States government, especially when it comes to its national security.

Nor can the Biden administration risk trading the signing of nuclear agreements with Iran for the abandonment of its unwavering commitment to Israel's security.

In discussing this issue, several facts are worth emphasizing. First, it must be recognized that there is a high degree of coordination and institutional cooperation between Israel and the US.

This is not about democratic or republican governments or who governs Israel but about coordination between two states that develops at a steady pace that can evolve or relatively slow down under the influence of the chemistry of personal relations between heads of state. But they remain fixed lines that will not be crossed downward, regardless of the circumstances and reasons.

The common interests of the two allies

The second point is that it is not just a well-established strategic alliance but also about the common interests of the two allies. This is something that can easily be gleaned from the reality of the complex security environment in the Middle East.

All the facts confirm that strategic support to Israel is indispensable. The US cannot maintain its influence in this region without Israeli support and cooperation.

As for dealing with Iran, it can be said that it is difficult for Israel to launch a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, unless it receives an explicit green light from the US.

The issue is not only the operational aspect of the attack but also its military, political and strategic consequences and implications, taking into account Iran's ability to mobilize large regional militias in the Middle East.

This requires a strong US defensive wall at the military level and to an equal extent, at the political and security levels, especially given the growing web of alliances and interests that Tehran...

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