Analysis: Chastised Israel seeks way forward with U.S. over Iran

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in Britain last week that the United States did not want to be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.He also warned that go-it-alone military action risked unraveling an international coalition that has applied progressively stiff sanctions on Iran, which insists that its ambitious nuclear project is purely peaceful.Dempseys stark comments made clear to the world that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was isolated and that if he opted for war, he would jeopardize all-important ties with the Jewish states closest ally.”Israeli leaders cannot do anything in the face of a very explicit no from the U.S. president. So they are exploring what space they have left to operate,” said Giora Eiland, who served as national security adviser from 2003 to 2006.”Dempseys announcement changed something. Before, Netanyahu said the United States might not like an attack, but they will accept it the day after. However, such a public, bold statement meant the situation had to be reassessed.”

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