Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s conclusion that the United States is unlikely to engage in a military strike against Iran is unfortunately probably correct. But, then, the physical survival of the USA is not currently at stake. The same cannot be said for Israel, so it should not be assumed that she will necessarily refrain from taking military action against Iran even “without the military and political backing of the United States.”
It should be recalled that the United States condemned the Israeli bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor back in 1981. US ambassador to the UN at the time, Jeane Kirkpatrick, described the attack as “shocking” and compared it to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A State Department spokesman commented: “Available evidence suggests that U.S.-provided equipment was employed in possible violation of the applicable agreement under which it was sold to Israel.”
The principal Palestinian Authority religious leader, the Mufti Muhammad Hussein, has stated that the killing of Jews by Muslims is a religious, Islamic goal saying that “The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ”Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'”
President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly declared his intention to wipe Israel off the map. There are no grounds for concluding that he is any less serious than was Adolf Hitler when he preached genocide.
When push comes to shove, Israel will do what she believes to be in her best interests and will not necessarily be guided by the same considerations that govern US policy.