While U.S. President Obama said Egypt is neither an ally nor a foe as the Middle East cauldron boiled over, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has implied he no longer trusts the administration on Iran.
Mr. Obama’s Middle East foreign policy is literally going up in flames in many Middle East nations. However even though the current wave of killings and protests are purported to be over a religious insult unrelated to governments, analysts say U.S./Middle East relations were already frayed and simmering since the Arab Spring.
Earlier this week, Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, frustrated by Mr. Obama’s futile efforts to stop Iran from completing work on a nuclear bomb, pressed the Obama administration to define its Iran policy regarding nukes. Obama backed off, and snubbed an invitation by Netanyahu to meet, according to reports
"I hear those who say we should wait until the last minute. But what if the U.S. doesn't act? It's a question that must be asked," Netanyahu told Israel Hayom, in an interview marking the Jewish New Year, revealing a widening gap between Israel and the U.S.
Meanwhile Washington is refusing to be specific about what if any line Iran might cross that would draw a military strike.
Netanyahu's latest comments indicate broadening daylight between the U.S. and its strongest ally in the region.
The Obama administration also suspects Tehran is building nuclear weapon(s) and says it is committed to preventing a nuclear Iran, however it is unlikely Obama will implement anything more than "economic sanctions" before November’s elections, unless Israel strikes Iranian nuclear targets.
However, while American embassies in the Middle East burn and relations with Israel have reached a new low, White House spokesman Jay Carney told media that there is no problem with U.S./Israel relations.
"The president has made clear that he is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. We are completely in sync with Israel on that matter. There is no daylight between the United States and Israel when it comes to the absolute commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," he said.