Better to let them nuke Israel and be done with it, eh, Joe?
“Biden warns Israel off any attack on Iran,” by Paul Richter for the Los Angeles Times, April 8 (thanks to Errol Phillips):
Reporting from Washington — Vice President Joe Biden issued a high-level admonishment to Israel’s new government Tuesday that it would be “ill advised” to launch a military strike against Iran.
Biden said in a CNN interview that he does not believe newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would take such a step. Even so, his comment underscored a gap between the conservative new Israeli government and the Obama White House on a series of questions, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran.
No kidding, really?
“I don’t believe Prime Minister Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill advised to do that,” Biden said.
“And so my level of concern is no different than it was a year ago.”
But many U.S. officials believe Israel is serious. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told senators this month that the Israeli government may be “so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it.”…