The White House denies disturbing reports out of Israel that the U. S. has told Iran it won’t support an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities if Iran doesn’t attack our military installations in the Persian Gulf.
From “U. S. denies Israeli newspaper report of secret Iran contacts,” Mark Felsenthal, Reuters:
“The White House on Monday denied an Israeli newspaper report that accused Washington of secretly negotiating with Tehran to keep the United States out of a future Israel-Iran war.
“The Jewish state also played down the front-page report n its biggest-selling daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, which followed unusually publican disagreement between the allies about how to tackle Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
“Without naming its sources, Yedioth said Washington had approached Tehran through two unidentified European countries [if true, one would be Switzerland] to convey the message that the United States would not be dragged into fighting if Israel carried out threats to attack Iran.
“Yedioth said the United States told Iran it should in return refrain from retaliating against U. S. interests, including its military in the Gulf.
“In Jerusalem, an Israeli official, who asked not to be identified, described the report as illogical.
“‘It doesn’t make sense, ‘ the official said. ‘There would be no need to make such a promise to the Iranians because they realize the last thing they need is to attack U. S. targets and draw massive U. S. bombing raids.”
Where’s this coming from? I don’t know. Sheldon Adelson and the Romney campaign?
I hate the way this is framed as Israel’s problem. The Saudis are as freaked out about Iran’s getting the bomb as the Israelis. Even if Israel didn’t exist, you’d still have the Sunni-Shiite fight destabilizing the region. Even if the Jewish religion didn’t exist, you’d still have plenty of other religions for radical Islamists to go after — they hate Christians and Buddhists and Hindus and atheists as much as they hate Jews. They want everybody to be a devout Muslim. An Iranian bomb will set off a scramble in the Middle East among Sunnis to get nuclear weapons. And does anybody think India likes the prospect of two Muslim counties with the bomb?
Our home-grown Christian Dinosaur Riders may be crazy, but the Muslim extremists are barbarians, all too ready to stone or behead or mutilate people, especially women.