Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to make a very difficult decision over the next few days: whether to continue fighting the nuclear agreement with Iran with all his strength and, according to his spokespeople, “kill himself” over the vote in the US Congress or accept defeat and try to leverage something for the benefit of the security of the State of Israel.
Netanyahu’s record over recent years does not augur well for those who feel that Israel should do an about-face. There are those Israelis who feel that Netanyahu should cut his losses and take advantage of the situation to wrest a defense compensation package and a strategic cooperation/coordination deal from the United States. Netanyahu has repeatedly refused to succumb to tempting offers sent out by the US administration and refused to engage in serious negotiations on the issue. Netanyahu, a compulsive gambler, is now verging on being suicidal. The problem is that he is doing this in the name of an entire country.
in recent months, Israel has received several worrisome messages from the United States. These were not sent by official sources in the administration nor by American officials in active service, but by unofficial friendly sources: members of research institutes connected to the Pentagon, Jewish American leaders who enjoy access to Washington and people close to the White House or the State Department. The messages were sent by the administration indirectly to allow it to publicly deny involvement should the information leak out, but the insinuations are clear. According to the veiled messages, Israel’s continued war against the US administration will ultimately seep into the thriving US-Israel security relations. It is simply inconceivable, so it was said, that Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon should continue their all-out war against the president’s policies (mainly regarding negotiations with Iran) without ultimately damaging the security coordination not only between Israel-US defense authorities, but also between security professionals on the ground.
This trend has already been expressed in various forms. In the course of the Protective Edge campaign, the United States held up the transfer of ammunition, especially the Hellfire air-to-surface missiles for Apache attack helicopters that the Israel Defense Forces needed. An Israeli security source recently told Al-Monitor that over the last year, the United States changed its procedure for authorizing Israeli requests for defense arms acquisitions. While weaponry had been previously shipped to Israel via direct channels in the Pentagon, now any Israeli request must, after the Pentagon’s approval, also be authorized by the White House National Security Council. This adds another bureaucratic step and opens the door to additional deliberations, contributing to the delay. It’s a heavy hint.