November 4, 2014 | Quote

Political and Diplomatic Uncertainty Fuel US-Israel Divide

The ‘chickenshit’ affair is emblematic of deteriorating relations during tumultuous times, as top officials brace themselves for radical regional changes.

“The bottom line is that Benjamin Netanyahu sees the potential for even a modified, defanged nuclear program as an existential threat to Israel,” said Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank that consults closely with Congress on Iran policy. “President Obama views a deal with Iran as perhaps one of the only remaining opportunities for a foreign policy legacy.”

Schanzer added, “To analyze this flap without understanding the centrality of Iran ignores the majority of what is fueling this conflict.”

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