U.S. blasts Palestinians war crimes suit

Attack on Gaza

It’s “counterproductive.” That’s how the White House is characterizing the suit filed by the Palestinian Authority with the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Charging Israel with war crimes over its incursion into Gaza last summer. The filing also challenges Israeli settlement construction on disputed lands in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.

If a Palestinian state resolution comes up in the UN can Israel expect a U.S. veto?

Samantha Power

In the past it was almost pro forma. Go too far in your attacks on Israel at the UN and the United States would ride to the rescue and veto the resolution. But things are not so clear these days. In fact, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, won’t go on the record as promising to veto a resolution arbitrarily creating a Palestinian state. Click here to read the story.

U.S. to Israel: Don’t worry (about Iran), be happy

Israel fears that the Iran deal that’s being hammered out will cause for it to lose its military superiority. The Israel scenario of concern goes like this. Gulf states, upset that sanctions will be lifted and fearful that Iran will go ahead with its nuclear program or show increasing military swagger, are getting greater military equipment commitments from the United States. So, Iran gains military might. So do the Arab nations. Diminishing Israel’s military swagger.

But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Israel telling his counterparts there, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Click here to read the story.

Israel fears arming Gulf states against Iran could topple its military superiority

Saudi fighter jets
Saudi fighter jets

President Obama is hell bent on inking a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israel is not the only country in the region that is dubious and concerned. So are the Gulf states. Washington’s response is to up military armament assistance to those nations. But Israel’s defense minister is saying, that may not be such a good thing. Because it could tip the military balance of powers in the region. Click here to read the story.

Little change of a thaw in relations between Jerusalem and Washington

Yes, President Obama did call Benjamin Netanyahu upon the formation of the Israeli prime minister’s new government saying he’s looking forward to working with him. But most analysts don’t take the president at his word on this. Especially since the coalition Netanyahu put together has far more hard liners in it than did his previous government.