A few days ago, Joe Biden, the US Vice President, said in a pre-taped interview with ABC's George Stephanoupolos: "Look, Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else... What we believe is in the national interest of the United States, which we, coincidentally, believe is also in the interest of Israel and the whole world... Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."
Does this mean that Obama's administration has finally realised that Israel was right about Iran all the time and the policy of appeasement of Iran has gruesomely failed? Why has Israel suddenly become "a sovereign nation" with no pressure from the United States and "coincidentally" with the same interests as the US "and the whole world"? Shouldn't Israel be recognised as a sovereign country, as any other state is, without any special permission and dispensation from the United States?
By now, the US administration and even many Muslim countries have realised that they need Israel to do their dirty work for them in order to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon! Later, without any doubt, they will vigorously deny their desire to subdue the Iranian nuclear ambition and will scream at Israel with wild accusations of aggression etc, just as they did after Israel stopped Iraq's nuclear ambitions in 1981.
Biden's statement was made after the election in Iran failed to produce a change in the political leadership in Iran and the president of Iran rejected any negotiations toward ending Iranian development of a nuclear weapons program. At the same time, he has expanded his irrational verbal assault and threats toward the United Kingdom and Europe.
Almost immediately, the State Department spokesman Ian Kelly began a damage control offensive, rebuffing suggestions that Biden could be seen as giving the Jewish state a green light to attack Iran: "I certainly would not want to give a green light to any kind of military action," Kelly said, although he repeated Biden's point that Washington considered Israel a "sovereign country" with a right to make its own military decisions. "I wouldn't read into it any more than what you see... as I said, that we respect Israel's sovereignty."
At the same time: Egypt has vigorously denied that Israeli submarine crossed through the Suez Canal in the Red Sea last month and now it is able to reach the Persian Gulf off Iran in a matter of days; Saudi Arabia has rejected reports that it agreed on use of Saudi airspace by Israeli fighter jets on a mission to bomb nuclear targets in Iran.
On the final analysis the US administration and many Muslim countries would love and even quite eager to see Israel striking at and destroying the Iranian nuclear and ballistic rocket programs, but the President Obama and other players want to keep their hands clean and maintaining ambiguous position toward a military attack on Iran in order to be able to rebuke and assault Israel politically later after attack. What a disgraceful double-flip hypocritical policy!
Steven Shamrak, born in the Soviet Union, lives in Melbourne Australia. He is a qualified civil engineer and software specialist, and was an active participant in the nascent Moscow Zionist movement before he arrived in Australia 25 years ago. Believing that "a sense of pride, nationhood and connection to all Jewish land" is missing from Jewish hearts, he spends his spare time Educating Jews and non-Jews about Jewish history in the Middle East.
He worked as a construction engineer at the Moscow Olympic Games project and as a computer consultant in Australia. For several years, he has been publishing an Internet editorial letter about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001 and has a website http://www.shamrak.com.