Obama to keep Israel’s secret?

Posted: May 7, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in International, Israel, Middle East, Terrorism, US
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Hiding spot for Israel's nukes? Dimona reactor. President Obama would continue his support for Israel’s “policy of nuclear ambiguity”, according to some military analysts, reports say, and name several reasons:

2.  There was talk in the corridors of the conference, some published by Egyptian sources, that the US and Egypt were formulating a joint Middle East nuclear policy for bringing about the dismantling of Israel’s nuclear stockpiles.
3.  It became clear to the White House that if Netanyahu got the notion that President Obama was retreating from his nuclear commitment to Israel, he could forget about progress in the Middle East proximity talks which his special envoy George Mitchell is working hard to jump-start this week.

(DebkaFile)

WHILE SOMEWHAT GOOD for Israel, reasoning behind Obama’s stance are nothing good for Netanyahu, as underscored by former UN ambassador John Bolton:

His exact words were:  "There is only one country that resolution is targeted at and that is Israel."

With Obama deep in the gutter on domestic front – such as healthcare, which he still has to defend, and an apparently upcoming immigration reform – it is very unlikely he would act assertively to counter Israel’s alleged nuclear potential. While such an option should not be discarded, it is likely Israel’s secret would outlive Obama’s administration.

Yet, Netanyahu has much to fear, as Israel’s alleged nuclear arms are the main deterrent against outright Arab assault against Israel. Moreover, in 1973’s Yom Kippur war, the threat of Israel using such an arsenal in case Arab armies advance deep into Israel arsenal is what brought US administration to provide Israel with arms to protect itself. Obama understands that if Israel would to reveal its nuclear program – or lack of thereof – could mean disastrous consequences.

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