Israel’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

The Constitution grants the President the sole power over foreign affairs.  And, for as long as United States of America has existed, foreign policy is the water’s edge, where partisanship does not cross.  The Israeli influence on America’s foreign policy has never been in doubt–any doubt is on the goal of those influences.  Between 2003 to 2005, Iran proposed a deal with other partners to cap its number of centrifuge to 3000, Israel by proxy rejected the deal, George Bush endorsed Israel’s negotiating tactics.  Ten years later, in 2013, Iran’s centrifuge had grown to about 20,000, almost 600%.  Interestingly, the influence of Israel’s main backer, the United States, has stabilized during this period while China and others have seen increased influence in the world.  If the goal of Israel’s influence on United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon, it appears that that goal cannot be achieved, while any goal of slowing Iran nuclear weapon’s ambition appears to be slipping.  In 582BCE, King Jehoiakim of Judah reneged on two important diplomatic agreements with Babylon; a prophet named Jeremiah campaigned aggressively to have Jehoiakim changed course–but, was opposed by forces with more political and economic powers, and was staunchly defeated; Nebuchadnezzar sacked the kingdom.  Supposed, the leaders in Judah listened to Jeremiah, would the outcome have been different?  Should Israel have allowed Iran’s 2013 deal? Should Israel give Obama’s 2015 initiative a chance?  Only Israel could answer.

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