The honeymoon between Israel and America is being crashed.
Or so it seems.
This past Wednesday, Israeli intelligence services, also known as the Mossad, assassinated an Iranian nuclear scientist, prompting a critical response from U.S. government officials who, according to Foreign Policy Magazine, would rather uphold their current and less stringest strategy of placing sanctions on Iran.
According to an an article from the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is working towards easing tensions with Iran.
Iran has agreed to host a delegation of United Nations nuclear inspectors this month. The U.S., meanwhile, has twice this month rescued Iranian sailors in the region’s seas.
But on the other end of the Middle East, a shady history is beginning to surface. That history involves Israel.
According to an article in The Washington Post titled ‘Israel Spies Wooing U.S. Muslims’, by Jeff Stein, Israel has for a while now been carrying out assassinations and financing Islamic extremist groups in the region.
The following statements are from that article:
One of Israel’s major interests, of course, is keeping track of Muslims who might be allied with Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, or Iran-backed Hezbollah, based in Lebanon.
As tensions with Iran escalate, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, “Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics.”
“There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as ‘U.S. intelligence,’ ” Giraldi wrote recently in American Conservative magazine.
If Israel indeed supports groups like this, what’s to say about other Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda? Aren’t many of their cells located in Pakistan, where Jundallah operates?
These new developments don’t come as a surprise to the Arab world however. In the Middle East, Israel’s actions have become the norm. But in the U.S., these sort of actions are completely unacceptable and come under tough scrutiny.
What does the future hold for U.S.-Israeli relations? It is well known that Israel has a strong hold on the U.S. government, with powerful lobbyists and corporations swaying politicians to their side. But how long can this last?
If Israel continues down its current track, I don’t think it will last much longer.
If Obama gets reelected in 2012, Netanyahu has all the reason to worry.