Guardian: Israeli policy on Iran is the biggest threat to its ‘special relationship’ with America

‘The crisis in US-Israel relations’ isn’t that someone called Netanyahu ‘chickensh*t’. It’s the growing distance over policy on Iran

Is the US-Israel relationship in crisis? The prominent journalist Jeffrey Goldberg – the man a White House aide once called the “official therapist” of the relationship – seems to think so.

But while most coverage of Goldberg’s long article in The Atlantic revolves around an unnamed official calling Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu “chickensh*t” – which the Obama administration spent two days disavowing – lost in the pearl-clutching is the insightful look at how Netanyahu’s policies on Iran are a direct affront on American interests.

Even most of the rest of chatter about the story focused on Israel’s expansion of settlement plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a sore spot in the so-called “special relationship” between the US and Israel. Settlements are certainly an effective test of Israel’s intentions in the peace process (and the US would be remiss to not denounce their expansion as harmful to prospects for peace).

But while settlement expansion depletes hope for a two-state solution – and exact a price on America’s overall standing in the world – they are hardly as big a problem for the US as Israel’s Iran policies – especially considering Israel’s Iran-related involvement in American domestic politics and, most recently, its utter rejection of diplomatic progress in Iran and a prospective comprehensive nuclear accord…

The writer seems to have a Shi’ite name, possibly Iranian? “Ali Gharib is an independent journalist based in Brooklyn working on US foreign policy.”