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The headline here continues to be the potential Israeli strike upon Iran.
But underneath it all are the relations between the US and Israel in light of Iran.
It appears that there could be a good dose of clarifying the air on the various points.
Perhaps it would be good for Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to get on the phone or even make a clandestine visit to the Whitehouse.
The US along with the international community want to stop Iran without a military attack.
But Israel doesn't like this. They see this as being weak.
Israel's President Shimon Perez recently said that Iran's time is up – a direct threat of an Israeli airstrike on their nuclear infrastructure. This is the kind of talk Israelis like.
However, Israel cannot really go off and attack Iran on its own – at least not currently, without some understandings and military support from the US.
Israel feels that the US might not use it's military force to hit Iran if it becomes clear that sanctions and diplomacy are not stopping their nuclear project.
But America's opportunities for such a strike are much longer than Israel's – and this makes the Israelis nervous.
One recent article here pointed out that President Obama spoke once of a nuclear weapons free world, yet the apparent unwillingness, as seen from Israel's perspective, of his administration in carrying out preventive measures means that during his presidency the world may gain another such power.
Middle East Correspondent