Even before the publication, Netanyahu had said he believed Israel would not be harmed. He was undoubtedly delighted at this second disaster that was befalling U.S. President Barack Obama within a month. Thanks to WikiLeaks, there is now no fear Washington will exert heavy pressure on Israel to freeze settlement construction or to accelerate negotiations on a withdrawal from the territories.It’s doubtful, though, that Netanyahu anticipated a publicity triumph on the scale of what happened. The Israeli right has always claimed that criticism of the occupation and the settlements is only a red herring and that the real problem in the Middle East is extremist regimes that support terrorism and pursue nuclear arms. The cables show that the rulers of Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states are also fearful of the Iranian threat.
No one will now be able to allege that Israel is acting irresponsibly . When the king of Saudi Arabia and the king of Jordan call for lopping off the head of the Iranian snake, no one will believe them when they denounce an Israeli operation. The Americans heard from Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the time for action is running out, and that message was received loud and clear. The WikiLeaks cables show clearly that the international community expects an Israeli operation.