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Reader comment on item: How Serious the Strain in U.S.-Israel Relations?

Submitted by Howard Brown (United States), Mar 29, 2015 at 09:58

Dr. Pipes,

You called it well when you wrote that the other shoe would drop on Israel, to its detriment, after Obama's re-election.

Now, your opinion on the worst case for Israel resulting from Security Council actions without the US veto?

And what likelihood do you see of Israel obtaining airspace over Saudi Arabia for striking Iran's nuclear sites?

Thank you.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Let me not reply to the worst case but the most likely case: That Israeli and commercial relations with Europe will undergo considerable strain, but limited by the fact that Europeans want the goods (especially high-tech and medical) that Israel supplies.

I think it likely that the Saudi authorities will "look the other way" should Israeli jets transverse their territory on the way to and on the way back from Iran.

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