11.15.07

Israel and the US: Diverging Outlook on Iran

The 'strategic dialogue' conference, held last week in New York, revealed the differences between Israel and US in their approach as to solving the Iranian nuclear crisis.
According to Aluf Benn in Ha'aretz, the 'strategic dialogue' conference between the CFR and INSS revealed some differences in Israel's and the US' outlook concerning resolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis:
  • While the US is interested in engaging Iran in dialogue and isolating Syria, Israel would rather talk with Syria and see action taken against Iran.

  • Israel is afraid of a nuclear Iran and believes that it is possible to prevent this only through an economic boycott and military threats, while the US is less concerned about a nuclear Iran and balks at the use of force in the wake of Iraq.

The Reut Institute previously published a document forewarning a possible gap emerging between perceived US-Israeli coordination on Iran and the overarching influence of Iraq on US policy.

US interest in "dialogue" with Iran is another indication of the potential scenario that a deal is settled among the US, the international community and Iran. In such a scenario, Israel must not be perceived as a burden in order to ensure that it will be able to influence this scenario and preserve Israel's key national security interests.

For more, see the Reut Institute's document The Libyan Scenario in Iran: US 'goes alone'.

Sources:

Benn, A., 'Get used to the Iranian Bomb', Ha'aretz, 11/15/07