Israel was quick to denounce new Iranian leader Hassan Rowhani. It would do better to realize Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is gone for good — and adjust policy accordingly.
Israel is ramping up tension with Iran. But the timing of the latest round of saber-rattling may have more to do with the U.S. election than Tehran’s nuclear progress.
Israel is in state of strategic paralysis. Its longstanding policy on Iran — depict Tehran as a global threat, pressure Washington to prevent Iran from going nuclear, and evade an American-Iranian dialogue — has been dealt a severe blow by the recently released National Intelligence Estimate.
Vice President Dick Cheney’s tough speech on Iran this past week in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was interrupted by applause no fewer than 48 times, including eight standing ovations. In the most explicit threat of military force to date by a senior member of the Bush administration, Cheney said that “the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences” on the Islamic Republic. A day earlier, the same Aipac crowd heard America’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, warn Iran of “tangible and painful consequences.”