US-Israeli relations have hit an unprecedented low point: Hebrew daily "Yediot Ahronot" reported today that, a few days ago, top Obama administration officials sent a message to the Iranian government via two European governments, stating that the US would not support Israel if it decided to unilaterally and without coordination attack Iranian nuclear installations.
"Yediot Ahronot" says that the US sent the confidential message to Iran in order to prevent an Iranian attack on US installations in the Persian Gulf, where the US has stationed aircraft carriers and has several military bases, which could face a real risk in the event of an Israeli attack.
The report follows remarks last night by US Vice President Joseph Biden during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. He criticized Republication presidential candidate Mitt Romney for seeking a war against Iran over its nuclear program. Biden said that if Romney was elected, preferring confrontational over cooperation.
At the start of yesterday's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "The international community is not setting Iran a clear red line and Iran does not see international determination to stop its nuclear project. Until Iran sees a clear red line and such determination, it will not stop the progress of its nuclear project and Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 3, 2012
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