Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal, shares Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's distrust of Tehran and his concerns over Iran nuclear talks.
The goal to bring Iran back into the fold is "a good one but the implementation is a terrible one" he says. According to him, Obama's Middle East policy as a whole has failed. "It's a policy of weakness, it's a policy of not maintaining the responsibility that the US government has built up over decades".
Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly criticized a nuclear deal with Iran, which he sees as dangerous, and tensions have been unusually high between the US and Israel. Daniel Pipes says there is more to the rift between the two governments than a simple clash of views over a nuclear agreement. "The little we know about Obama before he became president suggests he is someone who's got quite a hostility towards Israel", he thinks. "He controlled these hostile feelings towards Israel but now, in his sixth year, with Netanyahu reelected and things are set for the next two years, these have come out".
By Marc PERELMAN