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Submitted by myth (Germany), Apr 6, 2012 at 16:45

To me the key question about US foreign policy towards Israel today is this: How does the US-Israeli military alliance compare with the US position in NATO. Does the US grant protection of Israel when on the other hand Israel has their own nuclear arms? Does the US accept NATO members like Turkey to act against Israel?

I read today

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-signal-to-iran/2012/04/05/gIQApVLDyS_story.html

that Obama uses Turkey to pass messages to Iran concerning negotiations about Iran's nuclear facilities. In this message the US accept nuclear facilities in Iran. Can the US announce this without consent from other NATO members? The prospect of a nuclear Iran concerns all NATO members.

My opinion is Obama collects diplomatic success at the expense of Israel. First he fails to protect Israel which in return resorts to deterrence by any means. Israel's deterrence then serves Obama's diplomatic effort. Any reasonable policy would do the opposite. That is the stronger US deters Iran in order to give Israel more air to breathe. And I feel the US would be much stronger were it to bring NATO in.

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