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    can cause enuf turmoil in Syria to draw significant US forces closer, then the opportunity arises for them to start, or trigger, a conflict with Iran.

    Let's not forget, Israel is not just worried about Iran's nuclear program, they are also trying to stop Iran's growing influence in the region.  As Netanyahu's office said:

    The new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and limit Tehran's rising influence in the region, according to top government officials familiar with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's developing policy on the issue.

    "It's a crucial condition if we want to move forward," said Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon, a member of the Israeli parliament and former ambassador to the United States. "If we want to have a real political process with the Palestinians, then you can't have the Iranians undermining and sabotaging."

    The emerging Israeli position, a significant change from that of previous governments, presents a challenge for President Obama, who has made quick progress on Palestinian statehood a key foreign policy goal. Obama is also trying to begin engagement with Iran as part of a broad effort to slow its nuclear program and curtail its growing strength in the Middle East.

    U.S. officials are wary of linking the two issues and, if anything, would like to do the reverse of what Israel has proposed, by using progress in the Israeli-Palestinian talks to curb Iranian influence, which is wielded in the region through anti-Israeli organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

    As if a nation of 8MM with few natural resources can expect to dominate nation of 80MM, rich in natural resources, which has been a regional power since Day One.

    Finally, who do we blame for Iran's ascendance?  Those people who, with much cheerleading from top figures in Israeli politics, urged the US to terminate Saddam.  Here, for example, is Netanyahu on the subject:

    "Today nothing less than dismantling his regime will do,” adding that “I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of Israelis in supporting a pre‐emptive strike against Saddam’s regime.”
    And he was.

    Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

    by oblomov on Sat May 04, 2013 at 02:38:11 PM PDT

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